Sorgente, Ngoho on top at Hurley ABC!
A strong lineup of competitors made it hard for the World Cup Skateboarding judges to rank each of the heats and identify the lucky winner of each division, their share of the prize purse of $25,000 in cash and prizes.
Teenage American skateboarding sensation Alex Sorgente taking out first place for the Pro division, closely followed by Josh Stafford and in third the new crowned Australian champion Jack Fardell. The Masters division was clearly a crowd pleaser, legendary skateboarder Pat Ngoho came in first with Adam Luxford in second and Lester Kasai third.
Australian skateboarding, what can I say. It is growing quicker then ever, the juniors showed us what we have to watch out for and could’ve been a massive threat in the Pro contest. The girls, Newcastle have some amazing up and coming girl skateboarders that are so excited about skateboarding and love the lifestyle. The masters are always my favourite to watch, I grew up watching and learning from putting on the most amazing show from the true roots of skateboarding. Then the PROs, more competitors, more annihilation, more speed, jaws dropped! One of the best days of Aussie skateboarding. This by far is one of my most memorable days of competing. Thank you Newcastle.” Comments the new Australian Champion Jack Fardell.
The competition offered four divisions; U18’s, Pro/Am, Masters (over 40’s) and the Ladies Am Division, a true ‘nationals’ skateboarding competition.
One of the main features of the Hurley ABC™ is that it offered the opportunity for Australian rippers to compete at Vans Bowl-A-Rama™ Bondi, the biggest professional skateboarding competition in the Southern Hemisphere, by giving away a series of wild cards.
Master wild card winners include Adam Luxford, John Gray, Luke Jones, John Bogaerts and Scott Spring. The PRO division wild card winners include Ben Key, Matt Katai, Jamie Goodwin, Zeke Matthews and Jackson Pilz are now guaranteed a spot at Vans Bowl-A-Rama™ Bondi to skate amongst the biggest professional bowl-riders in the world, including international heavyweights such as Pedro Barros and Steve Caballero.
The Under 18s showcased the best skate groms ripping up the bowl like they had something to prove, little nine year old Keegan Palmer took out first place which Jakob Robinson in second and Luke Rusell coming in third.
The women division carved the bowl up this year, 11 year old Bondi local Poppy Olsen took the tiara for first place as Jorden Barratt came in second and Sabre Norris, daughter of Commonwealth games gold medalist and Olympic bronze medalist, in third place.
The caliber of skating in this years comp was much higher than last year. Every category - kids, masters, and pro's- had improved. It's a great comp for Australian skateboarding because the local kids can see what its like at an international level of competition. It was a fun day for me riding with guys from all around Australia and having a swim at bar beach between rides. It's a great start to the comp season. Skating in front of a crowd and a good warm up for Bondi. Says PRO skater Nathan “Jimmy” Beck.
To be part of such an amazing day in Australian skateboarding is very humbling. To know how far we have come as a scene and offer some assistance with that, it makes us proud at Frontside Events. Things like this are only possible with the support of forward thinking sponsors and communities such as; Hurley, Mountain Dew, SDS and Newcastle City Council. We're very stoked to crown: Keegan Palmer, Poppy Olsen, Pat Ngoho and Alex Sorgente the Hurley ABC champions for 2013. -Chad Ford.
-Ella Ryan. Fronside events.