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Results – Bowlzilla Gold Coast 2021 – Elanora Skatepark

For Immediate Release 13/03/2021

“BOWLZILLA Open Boarders on the Gold Coast”

BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 13/03/2021 – Elanora Skatepark

Good weather, great skating, amazing crowd, and an even better vibe, all combined to make BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2021 the best one yet.
A solid weekend of rain was predicted all week and in the end it didn’t show. Almost as if it knew to not get in the way of the biggest Park Skating event in the country since Australia got shutdown last year straight after BOWLZILLA Gold Coast. It seemed fitting that the last event before COVID lockdown would also be the first major event since reopening.

The whole week went great. Starting off with the Yeah Girl and Gold Coast Skateboard Coaching free Learn to Ride Womxn’s clinic at Tugun Skatepark. That positive community outreach set the tone for the rest of the week. Yeah Girl continued things on with free workshop for womxn to develop their skating documentary skills on Thursday night and all the participants then were given press passes for the competition on Saturday to further hone their new abilities. Beach Burrito Company and Red Bull hosted the welcome party the same night for all the intercity and interstate attendees which went down a treat.

2021 Bowlzilla Girls Jam
It seemed nothing was going to stop the main event on Saturday and no one was leaving until it was done. COVID affected all parts of the event; planning, funding, infrastructure, attendance and running but the one thing it did was really lift everyone’s spirit of community. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast is a community based and focused event and this year that really shone bright. So many people and organizations went that step further to ensure that the festival went on regardless and that everyone attending enjoyed themselves in ways almost forgotten over the last year.

From Gold Coast City Council ensuring safety measures were easy to implement and the event was funded, to Tourism & Events Queensland helping promote the festival to the regions, Dickies and Yeah Girl funding divisions so there was adequate and equitable prize money, Donny Fraser and his team from Australian Skateboarding Federation really going above and beyond to help manage entry and judging requirements and then the whole BOWLZILLA production team headed up by Nikki Lovelace and her trusty sidekick Jay Hetherington, Sean Goff and Rob Ayton even found ways of assisting all the way from England. They say it takes a village but everyone’s efforts this year somehow felt greater than that. It felt more like family. It is understandable that many did not or could not attend given the world is yet to actually transition through the COVID situation but it has been unanimous from those that attended that regardless of everything, this year’s BOWLZILLA Gold Coast was the best so far.

“Those of us that are “lifers” in skating like to tell tales of how our community is caring and open and supportive like no other. What we saw this year with BOWLZILLA Gold Coast and the extra work and support that everyone gave to make it happen, affirms these folkloric stories. I am truly humbled to be a part of such a great skate community. A HUGE THANK YOU from the BOWLZILLA family goes out to everyone involved; sponsors, supporters, skaters, media and fans alike. With friends and family like ours it feels like anything is possible. BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2022 will be brighter than the sun!” Chad Ford; BOWLZILLA – Director.

Sponsors and prize givers for BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2021 were: Gold Coast City Council, Tourism & Events Queensland, Yeah Girl, Dickies, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Vans, Fiik Electric Skateboards, Gold Coast Skateboard Coaching, Beach Burrito Company, GoPro, FUEL TV, Red Bull, Grassfires Magazine, Girl’s Skate Gold Coast, Truck Stop Skate Shop and Australian Skateboarding Federation.

2021 Bowlzilla Awards trophies

The final placings for BOWLZILLA Gold Coast 2021 are;

YEAH GIRL SKATEBOARDING – WOMXN – equal cash prize purse with Open, prizes donated by Girls Skate Gold Coast.
1st Ruby Trew – ASF Australian Park Skating Champion 2021
2nd Taniah Meyers

3rd Poppy Olsen
4th Indiana Barnard
5th Zahra Johns
6th Aaliyah Wilson
7th Aimee Massie
8th Tora Waldren
9th Heili Sirvio
10th Arisa Trew
11th Isla Lillie Bower
12th Mel NC
13th Sailor Allen
14th Mila Sirvio
15th Lily Britton

16 & UNDER – prizes donated by Santa Cruz, Independent, Fiik Skateboards, Vans
1st Jake Thatcher – ASF Australian Park Skating Champion 2021
2nd Freddie Arnold
3rd Logan Graff
4th Nakula Boag
5th Lukas Byers
6th Harvey Campbell
7th Jack Lewis
8th Louie Daiguchi
9th TJ Lewis
10th Jacob Hanson
11th Aston Lawrence
12th Kalani Salussolia
13th Kruz Lovett
14th Zen Dickson
15th Kai Gould
16th Jesse Pratt
17th Oliver Macdonald
18th Cayden Hawker
19th Henry Dunne
20th Alex Santos
21st Asher Watt
22nd Max Hanson
23rd Elijah Jack Smith

1st Ian Davidson – ASF Australian Park Skating Champion 2021
2nd Nick Heppenstall
3rd Chris Enwright
4th Trev Ward
5th Simon Dixon
6th Justin Leslight
7th Marcio Brandini
8th Iain Watt
9th Michael White

1st Kieran Woolley – ASF Australian Park Skating Champion 2021
2nd Marley Rae
3rd Shaun Boucher

4th Louis Newman
5th Keefer Wilson
6th George Richards
7th Oscar Berry
8th Nixen Osborne
9th Charlie Holland
10th Jorge Tichbon
11th Barry Taniwha
12th Samuel Windhorst
13th Dylan Phillips
14th Ash Wilcomes
15th Dani Campbell
16th Marcos Baker Brandini
17th Levi Yeaman
18th Austin Gray
19th Tynan Williams
20th Kai Farrelly
21st Rhys Schwitter

Interviews available with:
Chad Ford – Creator of BOWLZILLATM and Director of ISU; 0411106408
Sarah Huston – Creator & Curator of Yeah Girl; 0434 522 247
Ruby Trew – BOWLZILLA Gold Coast Yeah Girl Women’s winner 2021
Kieran Wooley – BOWLZILLA Gold Coast Open winner 2021
Event Name: BOWLZILLATM Gold Coast
Dates: 13th March 2021
Event info: TBC – information coming soon
9th March: Yeah Girl x Gold Coast Skateboard Coaching – Girl’s Learn To Ride Clinic – Tugun Skatepark
11th March: Yeah Girl x Womxn’s Skate Photography Workshop – Level Up Studio + Gallery, Coolangatta
11th March: Tic Taco welcome party – Beach Burrito Company
13th March: BOWLZILLATM Gold Coast, Australia’s; National Park Skating Championships
13th March: Dive In – official after party – Beach Burrito Company
Instagram:@bowlzilla @destgc

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