NITRO Circus skate sensation Beaver Fleming was a surprise entrant, but wowed the crowd at Bateau Bay on Saturday to be crowned Bato Yard’s King of Concrete for 2017.
Central Coast Council supported the inaugural King of Concrete bowl competition which saw more than 70 competitors compete for the King of Concrete title and a wildcard entry into the Bowl-a-rama, the peak world bowl competition.
Riders from as far afield as Victoria, ACT, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, England and the USA to compete across the five categories – opens, 16 and under, 12 and under, girls and masters.
Some used the competition as a practice round before Bondi, some tried to secure that wildcard for Bondi, and others simply competed to test their skills against some of the world’s best.
“Despite the heat wave, more than 500 people came to Bato Yard to watch it get shredded with some top local and international skaters,” a spokesperson for the council said.
Bato Yard was opened in July 2016 and is already making an impression on local and international riders alike.
Here’s what some of them had to say about the new facility.-
- Beaver Fleming (California), a member of the infamous Nitro Circus, said: “This is insane! I’m blown away, the bowl is amazing!”
- Matt Kitai (Bateau Bay), a nationally and internationally known rider, said: “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s great to see such a great facility finally come to the Central Coast.”
- Sam Beckett (England), the 2016 X Games gold medallist, said: “This park is amazing. It’s a super good facility, especially for the local kids. The bowl is unique. I’m super impressed to see the level from the kids.”
- Clay Kreiner (San Diego), said: “I love it here in Australia, every skate park, the beaches.”
- Chris Patton (Colorado), said: “This place is amazing. I’m here every year for bowl-a-rama.”
Check out a full list of results and competitors at facebook.com/Kingofconcreteaustralia