Ashburton Skate Jam: Photos & Results
A return trek down to the infamous Ashburton Skatepark took place last weekend, where skaters flocked from around Canterbury to attend. The sun came out and tricks went down — in front of a decent sized crowd too! During the free skate time before the comp there were a number of young skaters geared up and having a go with the Skate Skool team lending a hand where needed. The best trick comp started with young rippers Hamish and Jeremy hitting up some big tricks for people of such small stature.
The hammers came out in the older divisions with Ariki’s smooth backside feeble on the rail, Vincent’s signature backside disaster on the quarterpipe, local legend Sean Burgess’ ballsy kicky frontboard on the rail and Ben McConnell’s insane ability to switch 360 flip pretty much anything in the park.
The feature to end the event stopped most spectators from leaving — the best trick comp down the 7 stair with the grand prize being a Traffick deck. At this time James Kingston, Jack Woodrow and Jordan McStay arrived on the way back from Duds and joined in, putting on an awesome show. After most skaters retired it came down to a endance battle between Sean Burgess going for a kicky back lip on the rail and Jordan McStay going for a backside 360 ollie down the stairs. In the end, both tricks where stomped but unfortunately not ridden away from — and they both snapped their boards (check the sequences below). We called it to be a draw, giving away two decks which were both well-deserved.
A huge thank you to Cheapskates, Skullcandy, Sport Canterbury, Sport New Zealand and the Ashburton District Council for helping this event happen.
10 & Under
1st – Hamish Kerr – Nose Stall on the 1/4
2nd – Jeremy Eaton – FS 180 over the pyramid
13 & Under
1st – Ariki Kingi – Feeble of the rail
2nd – Vincent Bolt – BS Disaster
3rd – Hamish Eden – Kickflip to fakie
14 & Over
1st – Ben McConnell – Switch 360 flip over the gap
2nd – Sean Burgess – Kicky Front board on the rail
3rd – Zak McLean – Hardflip the stairs
1st – Georgia
2nd – Libby
Sequences / Best trick comp