OAKLEY SKATERS TAKE TOP HONORS AT THE 2011 VANS BOWL-A-RAMA IN BONDI
The seventh annual Vans BOWL-A-RAMA event in Bondi Beach, AUS has come to a close. The day showcased some of the world’s top international skaters of all ages and awarded $60,000 AUD in prize money.
Oakley’s team included the legendary Bob Burnquist, Rune Glifberg who came into the contest off a third place finish at the Oakley BOWL-A-RAMA in New Zealand last week, Renton Millar, Juergen Horrwarth, Nathan Beck, Sam Beckett, Ti Coleing, Pat Ngoho, Otavio Neto and Corbin Harris.
A crowd of over 5,000 spectators gathered in bleachers, around the bowl and even watched from a big screen on the grassy knoll beside the bowl to catch the action. Bondi Beach was undoubtedly the place to be as skaters from aspiring amateur groms to pros and masters all contributed to what was indisputably a momentous day for the international skate community and a proper culmination to a week of festivities.
15-year-old Brazilian phenom, Pedro Barros stole the show with his high flying antics ultimately capturing first place after an impressive performance in the finals. In second place was Oakley’s own Rune Glifberg. The man’s aggressive style and remarkable skill apparently have international appeal as this marks his fourth consecutive podium finish in as many countries. Rune dedicated today’s performance to the renowned Steve “Salba” Alba for his commitment to progressing skateboarding within and beyond the skate community.
Fellow Oakley teammate Bob Burnquist finished a respectable fourth and snagged the award for Best Trick with a series of switch tricks in his first ride that sent the crowd and announcers into an instant frenzy. Upon receiving his award, Bob joked that Oakley doesn’t have to try very hard to “convince” him to come to Australia each year and commented that the remainder of the year holds “a whole lot of skateboarding and a whole lot of fun,” so keep an eye out for more from Bob as 2011 continues to unfold.
Rounding out Oakley’s representation in the Pro Finals were Australian natives Renton Millar and Nathan Beck in fifth and sixth place respectively.
In the 40 years and over Masters division it was Oakley LOVE + GUTS artist Steve Caballero in first for the fourth consecutive year in a row.
All and all it has been a great week with Oakley Skate in Australia. Congrats to all the competitors on an amazing exhibition of skateboarding at its best.
The other prize-winners were as follows:
1st Place Prize money = $15000 Pedro Barros (BRA)
2nd Place Prize money = $7500 Rune Glifberg (DEN)
3rd Place Prize money = $4000 Bucky Lasek (USA)
4th Place Prize money = $2500 Bob Burnquist (BRA)
5th Place Prize money = $2000 Renton Millar (AUS)
6th Place Prize money = $1600 Nathan Beck (AUS)
7th Place Prize money = $1400 RJ Barbaro (AUS)
8th Place Prize money = $1300 Nolan Munroe (USA)
1st Place Prize money = $5000 Steve Caballero (USA)
2nd Place Prize money = $2500 Mik Mulhall (AUS)
3rd Place Prize money = $1400 Lester Kasal (USA)
4th Place Prize money = $1300 Nicky Guerrero (DEN)
5th Place Prize money = $1200 Sergie Ventura (USA)
6th Place Prize money = $1100 Pat Ngoho (USA)