Crowds watch skaters shred the bowl at Mangawhai

Zeyden Boyd performs a mctwist.

Robinson wins the open. Photos, Ben Loader.

Performing a spectacular bowl grab.

Queensland’s Tanaiah Meyers won the women’s division. Photo, Jonathan Killick

The Mangawhai Bowl Jam has carved out its place in the international skate scene with five ranked boarders travelling from Australia to compete at the 2020 event.

Organiser Jesse Peters says 1800 people came to watch the action, quickly filling out seats in the stands, which were doubled this year.

“The competition is already the biggest in New Zealand, and we are setting our sights on making it the largest in Australasia,” Peters says.

He says the growth of the event has been entirely organic, purely based on its reputation as a world class event in an idyllic location.

The top prize was $1500 and the total prize pool was $9000. Prizes were awarded to the top six competitors in each division.

Mangawhai’s Monty Graham, 9, was the only local to make the finals, taking sixth place in the under 16s.

Graham skates at the Mangawhai Activity Zone every day after school and it has paid off. He also recently placed first in the Oakura Jam in New Plymouth in the under 10s division.

He plans on becoming a professional skater and will attend the national Bowlzilla event in Wellington next month.

Bowl Jam results:

1st- Jakob Robinson
2nd- Bowman Hansen
3rd- Shaun Boucher

1st- Andrew Morrison
2nd- Ramon Thackwell
3rd- Stephen Nickolls

1st- Taniah Meyers
2nd- Krysta Ashwell
3rd- Lucca Landon

1st- Zedyn Boyd
2nd- Rico Henare
3rd- Liam Hayes