The Guy Stokes Channel Xmas Bash was the most enjoyable skate competition I’ve ever attended. Callum and Conna did a great job organising the event, which was held on Australia Day at the curbs on the south end of Edinburgh Gardens, and which seemed like a joke to begin with, but was actually really fun and exciting. There was a great turnout and of course the skating was top-notch, but the structure of the competition was really functional, the Coopers was cold and everyone was really happy. I’m writing a more detailed report for the next issue of Slam magazine, but here are some pictures I took.
The competition began with a traditional acknowledgement of country. The GSC are quite passionate critics of the institution of Australia Day.
Maxwell Mapstone signals the start of the competition with the traditional instrument of competition: the vuvuzela
Prior and co. I won’t spend too long on these captions because I really should be writing the Slam story.
All smiles from Keegan
Superhero slide through the corner
Callum didn’t skate in the contest, but he skated a lot all day, which was good news
Sam got roped in to help judge
Lexi did this incredibly dangerous move to take out the Caveman Award’. He also won the People’s Choice Award.
Tom and French
Sporté – pronounced ‘sport’ – a major sponsor of the event
The hill, or the other hill, because where we were sitting was sort of a hill as well, but I thought of this area as the hill.
I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know who this young chap is, but he sure knows his way around some current fashion and a lipslide
Doosie was just out for a walk and stumbled across the best skate competition ever comped
Jack ‘viral tailslide’ Kirk with his viral tailslide (shove-it) around the corner
Callum, the move
There was a post-competition wallride session
Another angle of Callum’s wallride
Daisuke showed up late but was a great addition to the wallride session
I was a bit scared when Jack started trying this
Then we went to the Newry. Merry Xmas!
Watch The Guy Stokes Channel Xmas Bash clip (and subscribe while you’re there).