Yarra Ranges Down Hill – Top skaters to compete

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Brady Lane (Geelong) and Zak Mills-Goodwin (Upper Ferntree Gully) lead Dan Bailey (Canberra) in an elimination final at last year's Downhill Festival. Picture: GREG CARRICK

By JESSE GRAHAM
2nd September 2014

MOUNT Donna Buang will be a hub of skating, sliding and speed later this year, when the 2014 Australian Downhill Skateboard Racing Championship comes to the summit.

The Victorian Skateboarding Association’s Yarra Ranges Downhill Festival will be held on Mount Donna Buang in Warburton on 16 November, moving from its regular spot in Baynes Road, Monbulk.

With a track three times the length of Monbulk’s one kilometre road, this year’s event will double as the Australian championships for downhill skating, and state representatives will be competing in races.  Racers will make their way down Donna Buang Road three kilometres from the summit, to the Ten Mile car park, and are expected to reach speeds of up to 85 kilometres per hour.

President of the Victorian Skateboarding Association, Bernard Griffiths, said the main attraction would be an elimination race, and that the festival would run through the morning until around 4pm. He praised the Yarra Ranges Council for agreeing to close off the road for the event, and said that the last two years of events in Monbulk had been wildly successful. Mr Griffiths said that safety would be at the forefront of the event, with the road closed off, and participants wearing full motorcycle helmets and leathers while racing. “It is a bit of an extreme sport, to stay on a skateboard at that speed without wobbling or flying off – they have to be at peak fitness to do that,” he said. “It’s a good course, both because we can get all the traffic off and manage the safety properly. “It’s good we’re able to deliver a strong road safety message.”

Yarra Ranges Youth Services will be at the event, and event director, Al VanDenBerg, said a mini-market, slalom competitions and free-rides would take place on the day.
The Yarra Ranges Downhill Festival will be held from 9am-5pm on Donna Buang Road, Warburton.
For more information, visit  www.facebook.com/yarrarangesdownhillfestival

LMHS HEAT 4 – KERANG SKATE PARK

Heat 4 of the Loddon Mallee Hume Series visited a sold out Kerang Skate Park on Sunday.

In the Skate Joel Mirabito beat the Tre Flip curse to win the opens just pipin’ an inform Brodie McQuie at the post! Check some skate highlights in an Instagram clip here

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SKATE SCOREBOARD

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LMHS HEAT 3 – SWAN HILL SKATE PARK

The 2014 LMHS visited the Swan Hill Skate Park on Sunday the 17th of August!

Trick of the day in my humble and more than likely un-educated opinion went to Joel Mirabito with his Krooks Transfers on lock! Brad Saunders won his 2nd straight heat in the opens division whilst scooter rider turned skateboarder Lucas Calwell took out the 16’s. View some skate highlights in an insty clip right here.

Remember we have a week lay-off between heats coming up, so hit the ice baths and enjoy a two week recovery period before we hit the Kerang Skate Park like a whirlwind from Chi-Town!

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SKATE SCOREBOARD 

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Poppy Olsen – U14 World Champion!

We don’t usually re-post commercial skatey content, but this is different.
Poppy has smashed the ceiling on Australian females skating at the highest level, and even if it is a sponsor’s vid, anything that provides opportunity or inspiration for female skaters is worthwhile!

Vid from Nanjing

Here is a little taste of the skateboarding demo at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing.

Vert (Renton Millar AUS)


Street

VSA has always believed in the value of grass roots competitions, and VSA competitions have a track record of providing the inspiration and career springboards for great International Australian Champions like Tas Pappas, and Renton Millar.

Australia’s Olympic Snowboarding Champions also got their inspiration from grass roots competitions at Falls Creek and Mt Buller.

So when skateboarding is adopted by the IOC, VSA’s tradition of grass roots competitions will be something that all Victorians can be proud off.

Victoria really is the place to Skate!

The Simply Campaign!

http://www.skateland.com.au/the-simply-campaign
A New skateboard double elimination tournament series with $10,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes, which will meet the need for a different  ‘game of SKATE’ formatted series, as well as promote Melbourne’s new indoor park, Skateland, to as many skateboarders as possible.

Scheduled Divisions – Days, Times & Dates

Please note: No heats are held during the School Holidays or AFL Grand Final
Thursdays    Aug 28, Sept 4 & 11, Oct 2, 9 & 16
7pm                OPEN Individual
8.30pm          OPEN Team
Fridays          Aug 29, Sept 5 & 12, Oct 3, 10 & 17
7pm                15-18 Individual
8.30pm          15-18 Team
Saturdays     Aug 30, Sept 6 & 13, Oct 4, 11 & 18
1pm                U12s Individual
2.30pm          12-15 Individual
4pm                U15s Team

LMHS HEAT 2 – MOAMA SKATE PARK

Heat 2 of the Loddon Mallee & Hume heat was a special comp being the first to cross the border into NSW. We made use of the new concrete section for the comp. As is tradition the Scooter guys hit it up in the early part of the day. It was great to see a couple of the boys retuning from the Wodonga heat to shred the Moama park. Stand out of the day went to local shredder Nick Pratt who took out the opens with style.

It’s always great to see the skaters came out of the woodwork for these comps. It was on for young and old. Young shredders Jake McDonough and Hayley Wilson took out their respective divisions and continue to show style, trick selection and skills well beyond their years. Watch out for these two to dominate at future comps! Liam Reynolds was smashing out wallrides and tailslides on everything in sight to snatch the 16 & under win while Brad Saunders continued his effortless precision for first in the opens. Not bad for a kid who is still young enough to compete in the 12 & under division!

Big shouts go to everyone who helped out on the day in one way or another. Thanks to the local sponsors: Fearless EchucaFaktor EchucaDiamond Heart ClothingFight Your Fate Clothing, Moama Bakery, Moama Butchers, Dan and Dave Dundee, Ghanda and Chaddys Chicken. Thanks to the volunteers and guest judges and of course to both the Murray Shire and Shire of Campaspe for all their hard work prior and on the day!

Check the series scoreboards below by clicking on the highlighted area!

SKATE SCOREBOARD

BMX SCOREBOARD

SCOOT SCOREBOARD 

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DAY TRIP!

The Salvation Army have teamed up with the YMCA at Riverslide Skate Park to Bring you “DAY TRIP!” a Fun filled day of Skate and BMX Competitions, Free Food and Drinks, Fairy Floss and live performances from Jackie Onassis and Lunatics on Pogosticks!!

Link to Facebook Event
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/305781239602676/
Link to Salvation Army Project 614

https://www.facebook.com/melbourne614

Skate and BMX Comp Details
Age Divisions:
15 & Under / 16 & Over
Registration starts at 12:00 – See more at: http://www.skatepark.ymca.org.au/whats-on/news/day-trip.html#sthash.6Pjyoisz.dpuf

LMHS HEAT 1 – WODONGA SKATE PARK


 

Heat 1 of the 2014 Loddon Mallee Hume Series kicked off is steez at the Wodonga Skate Park on Sunday the 3rd of August!

We finished the day on a high and saw more than 20 skateboarders battle it out in a Wodonga Skate Park highlight reel! Albury local Deon Williams took out the open comprehensively climaxed by a B/S 180 Nose-Grind Revert on the flat-bar and his F/S Board-Slide to fakie down the “Timmy G’s” 3 flat 3 rail. Check some of the skate highlights in an Instagram clip here.

Mad props to local shop Timmy G’s for putting up a load of prizes and Heavy Weather Skate Co for the rad boards and wheels!

 

Check the series scoreboards below by clicking on the highlighted area!

SKATE SCOREBOARD

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Aussie Groms 1st & 2nd in World Rankings

Well done to Conner Ferguson and Harry Clarke for claiming the top two spots on the International Downhill Federation’s world championship rankings.

Also well done to Jackson Shaperia (13th Opens)
And Maga McWhinnie (3rd Womens)

See here for more on the Latest from the World Championships.
http://www.internationaldownhillfederation.org/

2014 World Rankings

Open Skateboard
1 Patrick Switzer (CAN) 5477
2 Kevin Reimer (CAN) 5151
3 Byron Essert (USA) 4743
13 Jackson Shaperia (AUS) 3980
Women’s Skateboard
1 Tamara Prader (CHE) 5325
2 Elena Corrigall (CAN) 4943
3 Magaly Mcwhinnie (PER) 3279
Junior Skateboard
1 Connor Ferguson (AUS) 3883
2 Harry Clarke (AUS) 3215
3 Johannes Aalholm (NOR) 2996
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