The Original New Zealand Wakeskate Nationals Gallery

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The Original New Zealand


The Original New Zealand

It was late into April 2012 before this summers annual event took place in Auckland’s Orakei Basin. As a gathering for the top skaters from around the country to battle for titles and spend a day amongst friends on the water the event proved a success for another year, with a solid group of returning skaters as well as a few new faces the banks of the basin held a number of spectators. With the autumn weather providing a few dabbles of rain in the morning the clouds remained mostly harmless and the water remained flat and warm as the juniors, open womens and open mens divisions rode into the afternoon. Flick Blackmore took home a strong win in the womens division, stepping up the level of riding with a large number of tricks not seen in that division before. In the open mens Nick Nilsson was the surprise showing of the day taking third place behind youngster Cody Tucker who despite still being able to ride juniors took out second place in Open Mens but at the end of the day it was Cam Stenning who returned to the championship position he last claimed in 2010 after taking home second in 2011. Final Results are Juniors 1 Josh Reilley 2 Sam Christie 3 Chantelle Reilley

Open Women’s 1 Flick Blackmore 2 Julia Bishop 3 Maddy Martin

Open Men’s 1 Cam Stenning 2 Cody Tucker 3 Nick Nilsson

Thanks to the support of JFK jetskis the event was held behind a Sea-Doo Wake Pro 215, with prizes from Ballistics wake & snow, Ronix Wakeboards and Smith Optics with support from, Wakeboarding NZ, Fritz Weiners and Riley Bathurst Design.

All photos & design by Riley Bathurst

this page Sam Christie and the media Cover Cody Tucker

Above Cody Tucker front big. Below Paul Maquire

Nick Nilsson prepares on the dock

Paul Maquire rides in to the applause of Justin Sweeney

Riley Bathurst self shot

Flick Blackmore lipslide 270 shuv

Above Cam Stenning & Cody Tucker almost synchronised

Below Nick Nilsson

Cam Stenning kickflip

thanks to all the sponsors

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