éS Game of SKATE Melbourne, Australia Report

Posted July 28, 2006 by éS

Melbourne, Australia's éS Game of SKATE Grand Finals went down on Saturday, July 22, 2006 under a mixture of overcast and clear skies at the city’s Riverside Park. The enthusiastic crowd was strong, with competitors and spectators alike spilling over into each of the three courts to catch a glimpse of the games going down.

Pedro Day.

Sydney’s éS Game of SKATE winner, Pete Dalmer, and New Zealand’s winner, Umberto Skinner (who’s actually a Scotsman living in NZ), both made the trek to Melbourne on Saturday to compete in the Finals and hopefully win the Grand Prize trip to San Diego, California to compete in the éS Game of SKATE Amateur World Championships this coming September.

The afternoon’s competition was intense, with approximately 50 entrants and two highly amazing Semi-Finals between last year's Melbourne winner Jack Crook skating against Barry Mansfield, and Nugget skating against Pedro Day.

Jack Crook busts the elusive nollie tré.

Crook and Nugget both advanced to the Melbourne Finals, with Crook beating his rival and eventually landing himself a position in the Grand Finals, which consisted of Crook, Dalmer and Skinner. Unfortunately, Dalmer was knocked out early, leaving Crook and Skinner to battle it out in near darkness.

The Finals lasted all of 15 minutes, with both riders throwing down whilst keeping up with each other. Aussie Crook, who hadn't skated much recently due to illness, amazingly didn’t let Kiwi Skinner get the better of him too often, and proceeded to bust out a variety of full Cab flips and bigspin flips, plus nollie and switch tre flips.

Clockwise from top left: Crowd. The winner, Jack Crook. Holding court. Where's Waldo?

In the final three minutes, Crook took the lead from Skinner, landing each trick so smoothly and precisely under the dwindling light, that his amazing consistency proved too much for the Scottish Kiwi.

Crook reigned supreme once again, winning on nothing more than a Varial heelflip, with only the letters S and K wracked up against his name. (Skinner got Crook on a switch hardflip and nollie hardflip.) A massive congratulations to Jack Crook on beating the competition two years in a row. Well done, champ!

Melbourne overview.

A huge thanks goes out to the judges Sally Clarke, Nick Buskins and Dale Van Ersal, and also Ryan Harbottle at the Riverside YMCA, Nic Burton (Melbourne bitter all the way, bro!), photographer Pete Daly and the ever-creative Darren Kirby on the mic. Also, let's give a shout out to our partners for the event, PSC Skateshops and Slam magazine.

See you all next year, when Australian states will compete for a chance in the Melbourne éS Game Of SKATE Grand Finals. She is gonna be huge!--Brock Carpenter


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There's 6 responses to "éS Game of SKATE Melbourne, Australia Report"

  1. nice

    Tobi Posted: 8 years ago
  2. i guess that the game's of skate, its one of the best parts of éS, i really enjoy playing them.

    hey garry or josh p, do u think its possible that a dvd came out with the game of skate's matchs, something like tampa or globe world cup anual dvds, cause that would be pretty cool, at least for me.

    landardini Posted: 8 years ago
  3. will you guys sponsor aaron snyder?
    he wants me to get him some sponsors

    Charlie Posted: 8 years ago
  4. Seeing as we don't video tape the Games of SKATE, I don't see that happening.

    If Aaron Snyder needs someone else to find him sponsors, probably not.

    Josh P. Posted: 8 years ago
  5. you sure thats a nollie tre? it looks more like a nollie variel. it's probably just the amount of photos taken for the sequence.

    Wes H. Posted: 8 years ago
  6. Dude, those are the sickest contests
    Has anyone ever heard of skate of dice?

    Jason Posted: 6 years ago

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