DATE CHANGE: DUE TO CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS IN NEW ZEALAND THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN MOVED TO 24-28TH OF MARCH WITH THE COMPETITION BEING HELD 27TH OF MARCH.
Skateboarding.NZ’s National Park Skating Championships return once again to crown the Nation’s best skaters.
Last year’s competition was the second to last international professional skateboard competition before the global lockdown. Although internationals are not allowed in this year, it will be the biggest gathering of skateboarders and their fans in New Zealand since the same time last year.
Overseas friends will be missed, but it is the National Championships, so New Zealand’s best skaters are still pushing hard to get their trucks on Waitangi Skatepark’s coping. With growing entries in all divisions, the competitive field is expected to be even bigger than last year.
BOWLZILLA Wellington has and always will be about the gathering first. The weeklong festival has art, music, barbecues, catch-ups and of course the competition. For the really focused skaters, Wellington is the only opportunity for New Zealand skaters to earn Olympic Games qualifying points at home.
“The City is very proud to host the annual BOWLZILLA Wellington as the Capital of Skateboarding,” said Wellington Mayor Andy Foster.
“On behalf of the city, I want to welcome New Zealand’s best skaters and their fans to this showcase of talent, athleticism and community spirit in what is now an Olympic code. To all of our skaters at BOWLZILLA Wellington, best of luck in your Olympic qualifiers.”
This past year has been challenging for many. The impact it is having on BOWLZILLA Wellington for 2021 has been tricky, which is why the community is gathering to ensure this year’s event will be awesome and a real lift for everyone. The competitors will be going all out to give everyone the best show of the year with Tech Deck 16 & Under, Women, Masters 40+ and Dickies Open. Everyone is welcome to come along and cheer and be part of the whole festival for free.
“New Zealand has always punched above its weight with our abundance of World Class skaters. That’s why we love working with BOWLZILLA Wellington every year to deliver a National Championships that is encouraging, inclusive and rewarding. Obviously, the opportunity to earn Olympic qualifying points on home turf is fantastic. Still, the way the festival promotes our community’s positives to the Nation has a much greater impact on the wider community. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy it.” Chris Curran, President – SKATEBOARDING NEW ZEALAND – Skateboarding.NZ
Wellington City Council, Wellington Skateboarding Association, Skateboarding New Zealand, Redhead or Dead Events, and Miryoku Agency have joined forces once again to bring this fantastic festival to the New Zealand skaters.
“Everyone knows what a crazy year it has been, and our international friends and family will most definitely be missed. Wellington has a way of turning on its charm regardless, though, and 2021 will be no exception. The community spirit this year is really high, and it looks like we will have our largest group of skaters ever. The whole festival is free, and everyone is keen to have at it, so come celebrate like you haven’t been able to since this time last year.” BOWLZILLA Director – Chad Ford.
BOWLZILLA was born out of likeminded friends in the skateboard community looking for new platforms to promote the extraordinary talents of their friends, talents that run in oversupply within skateboarding but are not often seen in the outside world. BOWLZILLA Wellington is the biggest platform for showcasing all of this amazing talent in skateboarding in New Zealand. There is an open invitation for everyone to come and be part of the celebration.
Interviews available with:
Chad Ford – Creator of BOWLZILLA™
Chris Curran – Skateboarding New Zealand – Director
Bowman Hansen – Oceania Champion 2017
Shaun Boucher – New Zealand National Champion 2020
DaRoll Clark – Yeah Gnar NZ – Director
Krysta Ashwell – New Zealand National Champion 2020
Event Name: BOWLZILLA™ Wellington Dates: Competition; 6th March 2021, Festival events 4-7th March 2021
Event info: TBC – coming soon!
25th March: Welcome Party – TBD
26th March: ARTZILLA — Manky Chops
27th March: BOWLZILLA™ Wellington competition – Waitangi Park, Wellington
27th March: Dive In – official after party
28th March: Karori Vert Jam, Ian Galloway Park, Karori, Wellington
BOWLZILLA Wellington 2020