The annual Australian Bowl-riding Championships is the first national skateboard competition in the country. It’s an all-inclusive competition that welcomes Australian skateboarders from all ages and skill levels to compete for the chance to win large sums of cash and prizes.
The two-day event is a platform for Australia’s best riders to showcase their riding skills, while offering local riders a chance to make their names known in the industry both in Australia and abroad. The riders compete in the following categories: masters, pro’s, ladies, and juniors (under 16 years old) with qualifying, semi-finals, finals, and best trick sessions lasting from 3×45 second runs to 4×45 second runs. At the end of the show, the winners are awarded a prize. Aside from Australian riders, talented international riders also occasionally compete.
Keep in mind that all bags will be searched at the entry point. The event is strictly alcohol and drug free; open containers, glass objects, and pets will not be allowed. There will be food and drink vendors throughout the weekend, so there’s no need to bring your own food in. Because the event takes place outdoors, make sure to dress appropriately but be prepared for a chance of rain. Although it’s open to all ages, kids below 3 years old are not advised to attend. Disabled access is available, but you are advised to get in touch with event organizers as soon as possible so that it can be arranged. Attending the event requires registration and a fee, but if you are unable to attend, there is the option of watching a live webcast online.
The Australian Bowl-riding Championships are held at the Bar Beach Skate Park in Newcastle, which is 2km south of the Newcastle City Centre and 170km north of Sydney. The skate park is open to the public, and features a bowl whose depths range from 7 to 11 feet. There are seating and shaded areas, and it’s known to be one of the best skate parks in the country.