NZUni Weekend 2014
(2014 Hippo Team, from left to right: Chris Huriwai, Mike Padial, Sam La Hood, Daniel Wade, Chris Aitken, Chris Champion, Jack Purcell, Samuel Tzikoucos)
Organized by: Rob Young, Chris Huriwai
Location: Bombay Hills
Competitions held: Street, Flat, Trials, Slalom, High Jump, Long Jump
Event breakdown: Uni weekend 2014, Bombay. Another competition packed Uni Weekend! Organizers are starting to re-think the event schedule, having more than one of the urban events (Street, Flatland, Trials) on the same day, is proving to be too tiring, next Uni weekend you can expect some changes.
But what a weekend it was! Special thanks goes out to the Bombay School caretaker Rob Young and his helpers, for making all of this possible, Tony Melton from UDC, Bryan Page and Mark Golding for lending their helpful hands.
Still no first place changes for High and Long Jump, Mike Padial continues to dominate High Jump, finishing with 115cm, with Chris Huriwai closely behind on 110cm for High Jump and taking out Long Jump with 250cm. Chris Aitken placed 3rd in High Jump, with 100cm, he moves up on the leader boards to 5th overall in NZ/AUS and 3rd overall in NZ. Sam La Hood also set a new female record for NZ/AUS with 70cm.
New Champion for Flatland! Another standard raising competition and performance from all of the riders that competed in the Flatland competition, Duncan Shand had his first taste of Flatland battles, Samuel Tzikoucos landing a Hick Triple(just outside of competition) and Treyside Double! A great final battle was had between Chris "Ludwig" Champion and Daniel "To Tire" Wade, with rolls winning out over flips, Chris defeated the now EX-champion to claim his first NZ title. Street was no different, another new champion and more great riding. 1st place, Samuel Tzikoucos dominated the manny pad section, with amazing consistency and big tricks after big tricks, not to mention his one handed triples in zone 2 and 3. 2nd place, Mike Padial demonstrated some great skills, fulloutflip on the 5set and smooth full varialflips in zone 1 and 2. 4th place, Sam La Hood not disappointing either, showing us all why shes the best of the worlds female street riders, with some smooth and technical riding in each zone. 3rd place, Chris Aitken narrowly beating out the female world street champion, Chris showed great overall skill and variety, not to mention a bit of goon, in each zone. No surprises in Trials, Mike taking the competition out yet again in record time with Chris Aitken 2nd, Ollie Curtis 3rd.
Video Coverage: (Raw footage here)
Long Jump placings:
|7th||Sam La Hood||160cm|
High Jump placings:
|5th||Sam La Hood||70cm|
|1st and 2nd||Chris Champion def. Daniel Wade|
|3rd and 4th||Samuel Tzikoucos def. Mike Padial|
Flatland Prelim placings:
|9th||Sam La Hood||33points|
|Mike Padial def. Dean Toms|
|Chris Champion def. Jack Purcell|
|Daniel Wade def. Duncan Shand|
|Samuel Tzikoucos def. Chris Aitken|
|Chris Champion def. Mike Padial|
|Daniel Wade def. Samuel Tzikoucos|
|4th||Sam La Hood|
|1st||Sam La Hood||68points|
|9th||Lewis de Jong||18points|
|10th||Lewis de Jong||6/22lines|