Prime position provided at Kerikeri skate comp

Published on 08 March 2023


The Kerikeri Vert Jam skate competition didn’t disappoint in attracting exceptional talent from across the country to the new skate park at the Kerikeri Domain last month.

Top skateboarders went all out showcasing their ‘vertical’ acrobatics while supporters took advantage of elevated grandstand seating putting them in prime position to view the skate ramp action.

It was the sixth annual ‘Vert Jam’ meet in Kerikeri but the first with grandstand seating which was provided with funding support from the Bay of Islands – Whangaroa Community Board. The board’s $4800 contribution to the event also helped with volunteer expenses, tutor accommodation and a sound system.

Free skate boarding lessons were also offered as part of the event (see photos below). For results and more photos see below.

Main photo - Wanaka’s Zedyn Fellows won the Open category. Photo credit – Northern Advocate.

Below - Calle Tolley of Mt Maunganui placed third in the Masters. Photo credit – Northern Advocate. 


Below - Louis Newman of Wellington placed second in the Open category. Photo credit – Northern Advocate.


Below - ex pro-skater Dave Crabb, organiser of Kerikeri Vert Jam. Photo credit – Northern Advocate.


Kerikeri Vert Jam results

Open category: 1. Zedyn Fellows, Wanaka; 2. Louis Newman, Wellington; 3. Josh Wilson, Wellington. Photo credit - Grant Finlay Photography.


Under 16s: 1. Felix Griffin, Palmerston North; 2. Indica Knox Corcoran, Mt Maunganui; 3. Ary Teruel-Crowe, Mangawhai. Photo credit - Grant Finlay Photography.


Womens': 1. Yeva Butler, Auckland/Ukraine; 2. Amber Clyde, Auckland. Photo credit - Grant Finlay Photography.


Masters: 1. Ramon Thackwell, Waiheke Island; 2. Von Griffin, Palmerston North; 3. Cale Tolley, Mt Maunganui. Photo credit - Grant Finlay Photography.


A free learn-to-skate community class was also part of the event.

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Last updated 12 April 2023