New Zealand brought the warriors out in full force for the Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Wellington 2013
February 16, 2013
Wellington (NEW ZEALAND)
With the sun setting on this year’s competition, today’s judges couldn’t deny the raw talent of Josh Rodriquez who took the title of Pro winner of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Wellington 2013, while the fans saw Steve Caballero and his lifetime of skill take out this year’s Masters title.
As crowds of over 5,000 people walked through the buzzing arena, 30,000 international fans joined the action via the competition’s first-ever live webcast. Today’s talent smashed expectations with Kevin Kowalski winning the Red Bull Best Trick and Sergie Ventura alongside Josh Rodriquez who have won the Red Bull Sk8 Generation competition held in Florianopolis Brazil on13th of April 2013.
Taking home traditional Maori carving trophy like true chiefs, Pat Ngoho coming in at 3rd, Sergie Ventura in 2nd and our Master Champion Steve Caballero. In the PRO division Alex Sorgente took out 3rd place, Pedro Barros in 2nd and the new Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Wellington Josh Rodriguez taking their piece of the whopping $30,000 NZD prize pool.
2013 celebrates the sixth year of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Wellington which charmed crowds with its week of skateboard inspired festivities know as ‘Festival of the Skateboard’ and thrilling competition.
“Every single person whether they were skating in the comp, organizing behind the scenes or screaming in the stands went above and beyond today and made it the best Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Wellington ever! There were a lot of firsts at this years comp and they will take a lot to beat next year. Just want to SHOUT OUT a huge thanks to everyone for making this happen. Can’t wait for next year.” Comments Chad Ford, Frontside Events Director.
"Vans are proud to bring Bowl-A-Rama to Wellington this year. We have been involved in this event from its inception and decided to become the presenting sponsor in 2013 because we love how passionately the Wellington community support the event." Deena Colman, Vans Australia / NZ Marketing Manager.
"We also want to congratulate our Vans Master Steve Caballero and PRO skater for his wins today, they are truly the best of the best."
Known as the premier skate series in the Southern Hemisphere, and officially sanctioned by World Cup Skateboarding, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Wellington has burst into international limelight with the 2013 event strengthening its reputation as the hottest core skateboarding event in New Zealand.
After a highly successful 2013 event, the organisers congratulate Josh Rodriguez Pro winner, Steve Caballero Masters winner, all the talented competitors, sponsors and the event team for another amazing year and for making Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Wellington 2013 the wicked week that it was. Although the Wellington event has come to a close, it’s not over yet; now its Australia’s turn!
Next week, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi kicks off at Australia’s famous Bondi Beach, Sydney. The week boasts a stellar line-up of parties, art shows and competition from the hottest skateboarding talent from February 19 – 24. Join us in Sydney or via the webcast to enjoy the biggest Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ Bondi yet!
Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC… Manhattan Mayhem
NYC proud to host the newest stop on the iconic BOWL-A-RAMA™ tour
SAVE THE DATE Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th October 2012, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC. Competition:
Saturday 6th October.
JULY: New York City, the city known to most as the ‘Capital of the world’, adds yet another iconic
attraction to it’s bill, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC, the most iconic, grass-roots bowl competition and the biggest
week of skateboarding culture of its kind.
Presented by Vans and sanctioned by World Cup Skateboarding (WCS), Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC is
a week dedicated to celebrating art, music and true skateboard culture. The newest addition to the
Internationally recognised series will take place at Hudson River Park’s Pier 62 Skatepark and in true
form, will showcase the worlds’ best Pro and Master’s bowl skateboarders as they compete for a total
prize purse of $US50,000, a healthy prize purse for an event in it’s first year.
“Vans is excited to present the third leg of the BOWL-A-RAMA™ skateboard series in New York City, extending the very prestigious series from Australia and New Zealand to the United States. The best bowl riders in the world including top pros and skate legends will get to show the East Coast skateboarding at its highest level as well as those icons who laid down the roots. Vans will celebrate one of its legends, Steve Caballero, at the House of Vans in Brooklyn during this great week of activities including skating, art and music. Plus, we are always proud to support events that are free for all”. Vice President of Events and Promotions: Steve Van Doren.
From it’s humble beginnings in Bondi 8 years ago, BOWL-A-RAMA™ has developed year on year into a
competition that is now renowned on the circuit for being a game changer amongst bowl skate comps,
offering fairer prize purse distribution, an indisputable riders list, greater rider hospitality and more
inclusive entry for the world’s best riders.
“We’re so stoked to be able to add New York City as an official stop on the BOWL-A-RAMA™ tour. We
have worked so hard for so long to create opportunity for the world’s best bowl skaters and extend an
invite to the communities in which we do our events, welcoming them to celebrate what makes us tick as
skaters. The roster of events leading up to the competition on the day, will be a way of saying thanks to all
the amazing professionals who have supported us over the years and we look forward to working with the
locals to establish long term benefits for their scene through what we do at BOWL-A-RAMA.™” Chad
Ford; Director at Frontside Events.
Media, Industry, Sponsors, Personnel, Fans and the World’s Best Skaters are flying in from all points of
the world to be part of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC 2012.
“BOWL-A-RAMA™ has been the premiere skateboarding event in the south pacific for nearly a decade.
The expansion of BOWL-A-RAMA™ into the US is going to be a great success.
I’m always looking for new adventures and going to New York for one of the greatest skateboard events
on the planet will fulfil yet another dream of mine in bringing skateboarding and excitement to the world”.
Rune Glifberg, Pro Skater.
Officially kicking off on Thursday 4th October with the East Coast celebration of the 20th anniversary of
Steve Caballero’s Half Cab shoe at House of Vans the week keeps rolling with; Love & Guts art show,
Vans BOWL-A-RAMA™ NYC competition, The Party Party and the official Wrap Party.