Skateboarders, scooter riders and BMXers covered Neale Park on Sunday for the final of the 2017 Tasman Skatepark Tour, and among the competitors were brothers Hamuera and Tamati Topia-Pene.
The young BMX duo from Stoke have only been riding for a few months after receiving bikes from their parents at Christmas, but already they’re turning heads with big brother Hamuera taking out the Junior BMX category.
Hamuera, 10, loves getting out on his BMX and has just learnt to jump the spine.
“I wanted to do it so I gave it a go and got it the first time, so I pulled it out in the final.”
Hamuera and his little brother Tamati, 7, have been to every part of the tour except the Takaka event.
Mother Danell Topia says the boys are out at the skatepark before and after school and every weekend. “They both wanted new bikes and were keen to do BMX, so it was an obvious Christmas present and they’ve really picked it up really fast. They’ve got no fear. If one’s had a bit of a slam they always get straight back up and try again, because that’s what their dad has taught them.”
Nikita Turu took out the junior scooter title while Alex Moreu claimed junior skate with some big air and a Superman.
Ryan McHugh, Reggie McDonald, and Tom Banett claimed the senior scooter, skate and BMX categories respectively.
Meanwhile, veterans Blake Eden, Ben Short, and Ryan Dando turned up the heat, entertaining the crowd with technical and gravity-defying tricks to win them the open scooter, skate and BMX titles.
The skatepark tour’s final two events, at Richmond on Saturday, and Nelson on Sunday, were postponed due to bad weather last month. The tour also has events in Takaka, Motueka, Tapawera, Brightwater and Mapua.
With up to 54 competitors at each venue, skatepark tour organiser Haidee van Zoelen says the tour was a “colossal” success”.