NZUni Weekend 2015
(New Street and Flatland champions. Left to right; Harry Atherton, Waylon Batt)
Organized by: Chris Huriwai, Rowan Chivers
Location: New Plymouth
Participants(registered competitors): 15
Competitions held: Street, Flatland, High Jump, Long Jump
Event breakdown: New champions for street, flatland, long jump (congratulations to Jack Purcell for his first 1st place!) AND high jump! Many of our regular podium competitors took the year off, feels like a fresh start! Among the non-competitors this year were: Mike Padial, Chris Huriwai and Chris Champion, leaving the podium wide open in the flatland, high & long jump competitions.
The best thing about the weekend was having Australian riders Harry Atherton and Waylon Batt, competing at their first Uni Weekend, ever. Aswell there were multiple new faces who showed a lot of promise! It made for a refreshing Uni weekend!
The trials competition was cancelled due to the obstacles we were provided were too big and not very competition friendly, we'll be focusing on the trials competition next year to ensure another NZ trials competition does happen!
Flatland took place in the New Plymouth skate rink, with Waylon Batt simply being leagues ahead of the competition, taking a comfortable 1st place. 2nd place went to Samuel Tzikoucos with 3rd place going to Daniel Wade. Flatland highlights have to be the battle between Sam La Hood and Daniel Wade, it was an extremely close battle between the two long-time friends with Daniel just inching ahead with his high level of variety. Aswell the battle between Harry and Jack was again extremely close, Jack put in the flatland performance of his life showing some great consistency.
The Aussies continued their domination with the street comp, this time Harry Atherton, beating out the now ex-champion Samuel Tzikoucos, along with world champion female street rider Sam La Hood aswell as Jack Purcell. Samuel managed 2nd place, with Jack in 3rd and Sam in 4th. Waylon Batt graciously turned down an easy podium to assist Chris Champion with the judging. Highlights of the comp include Harry's amazing consistency and surprisingly the junior/intermediate competition! With new faces like Brodie Kelly and Johno Obrien making their competition debuts impressing all of the veterans.
Long Jump placings:
|3rd||Sam La Hood||160cm|
Long Jump Champions left to right; Sam La Hood, Harry Atherton, Dean Toms, Brodie Kelly, Jack Purcell
High Jump placings:
|6th||Sam La Hood||60cm|
|8th||Lewis de Jong||46cm|
High Jump Champions left to right; Jack Purcell, Harry Atherton, Waylon Batt
Flatland Prelim placings:
|5th||Sam La Hood||26/50points|
Intermediate/Junior Flatland Finals:
|1st and 2nd||Brodie Kelly def. Victor Fleuriau-Chateau|
Intermediate/Junior Flatland Champions left to right; Victor Fleuriau-Chateau, Brodie Kelly
|Waylon Batt – bye|
|Daniel Wade def. Sam La Hood|
|Jack Purcell def. Harry Atherton|
|Samuel Tzikoucos def. Dean Toms|
|Waylon Batt def. Daniel Wade|
|Samuel Tzikoucos def. Jack Purcell|
|1st and 2nd Waylon Batt def. Samuel Tzikoucos|
|3rd and 4th Daniel Wade def. Jack Purcell|
Expert Flatland Champions left to right; Daniel Wade, Samuel Tzikoucos, Waylon Batt
Intermediate/Junior Street Finals:
|5th||Lewis de Jong|
Intermediate/Junior Street Champions left to right; Dean Toms, Tony Melton, Brodie Kelly
|4th||Sam La Hood|
Expert Street Champions left to right; Jack Purcell, Samuel Tzikoucos, Harry Atherton