Australia is famous for their miles of beautiful coastline. Bondi Beach is one of the most amazing spots in Australia, sitting just a few miles outside of Sydney, one of Australia's biggest and most lively cities. The 5th annual Vans Bowl-a-Rama held on the beach in Bondi was definitely the most exciting event this year, setting the standard of what a great skateboarding event should be. A World Class Pool on a World Class beach, with World Class skaters and a world class crowd and you are guaranteed one of the best weeks of your life.
'Heaven on Earth' was the feeling spreading throughout the skaters as the sessions and the parties got the week into full swing. On Wednesday the Love and Guts art show kickoff party at our host hotel the Beach Road, was a blast! Pat Ngoho, Caballero, Senn, Rune, Greek, Wade Burkitt, Sasha, and many more artist's work were on display. Also local Skater/ photographer Dean Tirkot had 5 years of Bondi skating and lifestyle. Good vibes and Free drinks got the crew on a roll that continued on at the Bondi hotel on the beach until 4am. This seemed to be the routine for the party crowd this week continuing with the Slam Skater of the Year awards the next night. Congratulations to Andrew Brophy for winning the 2009 SOTY down under. The daily skate sessions at the pool were a great show for the local crowd who surrounded the bowl every day until dark. On Friday the FBeat productions crew arranged for a massive bleacher set up to give the big crowds a better view for the day of the comp.
After a week of sunny skies, the tropical summer storms were on and off all day on Saturday, but with mother nature on our side the big down pour was held off until the after the Masters awards ceremony that evening! Whew! We were so stoked to put another amazing day in the history books for the skate world. There were 3 heats of Masters and in the end it would be Steve Caballero in Classic form taking the win for the 2nd year in a row. Nicky Guererro was enjoying his first trip to Bondi, fresh off of a win the week before in Wellington NZ. His smooth style and classic moves earned him the #2 spot bumping local skater Michael Mulhall down to 3rd and Kevin Staab down to 4th this year. Pat Ngoho had stylish moves and lines finishing in 5th place beating out the big air man Lester Kasai who got 6th and semi-local Sasha Steinhorst, who had the place wired, ended up in 7th.
As I counted down the final seconds, 5, 4, 3, 2, and exactly on cue, on One he landed the first ever McEgg in the Bondi Pool!! Bucky sealed the deal with his very own signature move, the very difficult eggplant 540!! 1st try!! The crowd went nuts!! What an exciting finish to a great day/ week! Just seconds after the awards were handed out poolside, mother nature, who had blessed us with good weather all day, came pouring down as the angels from the heavens above started crying with tears of joy! As planned we headed back to the Beach Road Hotel upstairs bar for a nighttime of celebrations and more awards with the prize $ envelopes handed out (Bucky took home $10,000), and heartfelt speeches from the passionate riders to the packed house of rowdy skate fans. And Celebrate we did!! Late into the night! Thanks to Chad Ford and his FBeat productions crew, The Beach Road hotel, Vans, Oakley, Mt Dew, SDS, and JEDS Foodstore! Also a special thanks to local photgraphers, Dean Tirkot, Dean Thompson and Ian Kasnoff for the photos and good times. If you love cool pools on hot beaches with great people, then Bondi should be part of your upcoming travel plans. See you all again in Bondi in 2010 for more guaranteed, fun filled, exciting action. Now, I am on my way to the traditional Sunday Bar-B-Que with the crew of international locals on the grassy knoll overlooking the beautiful Bondi Beach. Gotta go throw another shrimp on the Barby!
G'day mate, D.D.
Thanks to John Rintoul, Dean Tirkot and Bill Fonseca for the Pics....