Vans Bowl-A-Rama Bondi 2015
As all great things must come to an end, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi 2015 went out with an absolute bang as crowds went wild to mark another day of exhilarating bowl shredding. Thousands eagerly gathered in celebration of the 11th annual event to watch the world’s best skateboarders compete for an enormous prize purse of AUD $81,500.
Bucky Lasek at the youthful age of 42 blew judges away, as Lasek’s creative lines and use of the bowl combined with technical tricks put him in the top spot and taking back top honours, winning Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi 2015 Pro Division; unheard of in any other professional sport in the world. The much anticipated returning BOWL-A-RAMA 2014 Champion, Tony Hawk, walked away with the revered Masters Title.
“It’s like a dream come true. This trip to Bondi, Australia, has been like a storybook. Like someone wrote a book- about a skater that came to Bondi, had an amazing time, and that skater’s name just so happened to be mine!” Says Bucky Lasek.
There was no denying the heightened excitement at the epic battle, as crowds watched in the action-packed arena – while thousands of fans around the world tuned in via the official event webcast.
“Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi is one of the best skate events of the year. I was honored to be invited back, and the skating was more exciting than ever. I love Bondi!” Says Tony Hawk –Masters Champion.
The shores of Bondi Beach, Sydney really turned up the volume to celebrate the competition in its eleventh consecutive year. Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi hosted a week dedicated to celebrating art, music and true skateboard culture. Presented by Vans, Destination NSW, GoPro, Red Bull, Beach Road Hotel, Beach Burrito Company and Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski; the weeklong event featured the Love + Guts art show, Surf Dive n Ski Broken Bones, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi and Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi afterparty, all held at the legendary Beach Road Hotel.
Skateboarding’s most successful, influential and legendary skater; Tony Hawk visited Sydney to defend his title of Masters Champion against the likes of “Bones Brigade” legends Steve Caballero, Nicky Guerrero and 2014 ISU Masters World Champion – Pat Ngoho, who are all regular competitors of Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi.
”It is so hard to put into words what happened today. Every year the level rises. Every year we all look at each other and wonder how it could ever be topped, and then every year we end up here at a new level again. Vans BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi only exists because the riders believe in it and are willing to offer their best for the fans. In thanks we get incredible support from Vans, Destination NSW, GoPro, Red Bull, Beach Road Hotel, SDS, Beach Burrito Company, International Skateboarder’s Union and the fans, always the fans. I am beside myself trying to think about what is going to happen next year. We all know it will be another level again. Thank you!” Says Chad Ford, Director – Frontside Events.
With ever-growing crowds and the consistent return of the world’s best skateboarders, BOWL-A-RAMA continues to confirm its reputation as the paramount core skateboarding series in the world.
1st – Bucky Lasek
2nd – Pedro Barros
3rd – Alex Sorgente
1st – Tony Hawk
2nd – Chris Miller
3rd – Steve Caballero
RED BULL BEST TRICK
Ben Hatchell – taking out the Red Bull best trick with a backside 540 ollie over the hip.