The two New Zealand éS Games of SKATE went down over the weekend of July 8-9. The first was held on Saturday, July 8 at Christchurch on the South Island. The weather was excellent, there was a good turnout and it turned out to be a great game, held at Washington Skatepark, where the New Zealand nationals are often held.
Left: Christchurch. Right: Auckland.
Some excellent talent from a field of around 25 entrants was on prominent display. The final match-up, between Rob Neville and Max Couling, two talented and respected skateboarders from the South, was a close game, with Rob taking Max out on SKA.
Sunday came about very quickly, with Rob and myself flying up to Auckland for the North Island game held at Son Skate, which is an indoor location, as the weather was not the best. Rob sat out and watched the games to see who he would be facing in the grand finale.
Again, there was a good showing of around 25 people, and many good games went down, with names like Bjorn Johnston and Nick Mitchell making it very competitive. In the end, it all came down to a young ripper called Brett Band and a Scotsman named Skinner. This final was a great, close game as Skinner took the win with a double heelflip.
Skinner the winner. Sharpest. Photo. Ever!
Then came the big North versus South game to decide the winner who will go to Melbourne for the Australasian Finals. Skinner vs. Rob Neville made for a great game, and some great tricks indeed went down. Both riders got each other to SKAT before the very well rounded Scotsman took the game with a fakie frontside heelflip.
With that trick, Skinner took one step closer to attending the éS Game of SKATE Amateur World Championships in San Diego this coming September.--Russel Laird