Year 10 student Billie Morrison made the most of the long Waitangi Weekend by competing, and coming second, in the Mangawhai Bowl Jam skateboard competition Women’s Division.
One of the biggest skateboarding competitions in New Zealand, the event attracts a high number of talented skateboarders from around the country.
Billie placed second in the Women’s Division, which is an open division with no age group – meaning she was competing against more experienced skaters. However, this wasn’t Billie’s first event, having competed for three years and previously winning the Keri Keri Vert Jam.
“In the Mangawahi Bowl Jam, I had to skate the bowl and do a run of tricks,” says Billie. “Contestants get judged on how hard the tricks are and how well we skated the bowl.”
Billie says she like the consistent challenge skateboarding brings. “I like how fun it is – it never gets boring.” Her top tricks include backside disasters and frontside airs (look them up – you’ll be impressed).
Her next competition is the Bowlzilla at Waitangi Skatepark – the national event for bowl skating. Good luck Billie!
Billie is pictured above centre with first place winner Krysta Ashwell and third place winner Ela Poynter.