On March 11, Wellington City Council, International Skateboarder’s Union, Redhead or Dead Events,
Skateboarding New Zealand and Miryoku Agency staged the New Zealand 2017 Park / Bowl
Skateboarding Championships with BOWLZILLA Wellington in the Nation’s Capital
SBNZ and ISU combined to establish the first ever New Zealand National Skateboarding Park / Bowl
competition series. Wellington maintained its reputation for inconvenient weather for the entire weekend but luckily the Open and Masters divisions could be held and winners chosen.
1 R.J Barbaro – BOWLZILLA Wellington 2017 Open Champion
2 Shaun Boucher – SBNZ National Open Park / Bowl Skating Champion 2017
3 Willy Lara
4 Bowman Hansen
5 Mike Bancroft
1 Leigh McKenzie
2 Stephen Crump
3 Nick Bennett
4 Ramon Thackwell
5 Nic Couscouris
6 Lee Ralph
There was NZ$15,000 in prize money distributed amongst the Open and Masters divisions. There was also
$2000 worth of prizes, donated by; Fusion Surf / Skate, Vans and Dickies, for the 16 & Under and Women’s
divisions, which were equally distributed amongst all the competitors after the wash out.
Chris Wood-Frontside grind
Park / Bowl skating is clearly on the rise in New Zealand as was evidenced by the new talent entering the
competitions over summer and the rise in skill level of the current skaters. The new series we established
here at SBNZ is a real boost for the local scene and is bringing out more riders from near and far.
Even with the challenging weather BOWLZILLA Wellington was a capital success with the festival hosting a number of events.
Chris Wood, nollie frontside tailgrab
Photo Connor Hill
The ARTZILLA – art show, which was produced by Manky Chops, Fusion Surf / Skate – welcome barbecue, the
competition and wrapping it up with the Dive In – party at San Fran with the SUB:BASS crew raising the
roof for the final celebration.
Willy Lara – BodyJar
Photo: Connor Hill
Chad Ford, the Director of Bowlzilla said “this year BOWLZILLA Wellington was a real game changer for us. We managed to triple the prize purse, saw an increase in international competitors, more friends and fans at the festival events, far more support from a wider group of sponsors and the growing talent of the skaters. It means we have a long future in Wellington.”
Shaun Boucher – Backside feeble grind
Photo: Connor Hill
Bowlzilla would like to acknowledge and thank all of the international attending skaters for their support of the
event and skateboarding in New Zealand; Louis Newman – Australia (16 & Under), Sari Simpson – Australia
(Women), Nic Couscouris – USA (Masters), Sean Goff – UK (Masters), Willy Lara – USA (Open), Patrick
Ryan – USA (Open).