The official clips and report from the 2012 Independent Vert Series' Mt Hawke leg is all waiting for you below, with official clips and a rundown of the day straight from Nic "The Boss" Powley...
Great skating, great atmosphere, great competition at Mount Hawke today ... thanks to everyone for coming all this way, and thanks to all our sponsors for loads of great prizes.
Congratulations to all the winners ...
The B Group went first in a 30 minute ordered jam. Their best three runs counted so there were plenty of chances for variety and attempts at risky moves. With three of last years skaters promoted to the A Group this time around there was plenty of optimism amongst B Group’s rising stars of UK vert skating and many of them rode the best I’ve ever seen them skate. James Haney is definitely going much higher this year and with more style, Zippy (Leon Adams) always seems to raise his game for each contest and to hang on to some big moves, but this time it was James Hemming from the midlands who took top honours for his long rides, range of moves and ultimately his unique ‘nose blunt roll-in’ which he made on his second attempt, roared on by the enthusiastic crowd!
The A group had a stricter regime, using the same format as the X Games; 10 walls maximum, and only the best run counted. The ordered jam and subsequent "snake session" gave each skater at least six attempts to put together an intense, back to back display of their most, stylish, technical and spectacular vert skating. In the free-for-all frenzied "snake session" (an idea borrowed from Vert Attack 6 in Malmo last winter), everyone pushed themselves and the level of skating even higher in the competitive, action packed and hugely entertaining last five minutes. Highlight of the session was Sean’s massive backside ollie soaring over Jim’s mayday in their thrill-filled doubles run.
The legendary Sean Goff with his huge ollies and trade mark Todd Twists and his seemingly endless bag of tricks kept amazing us all and he finished equal 3rd with Oakley Liddell, who was landing several new tricks; frigid airs, blunt to fakie and a few 540’s amongst others. Second place went to last year’s vert series champion, local trickster and soon to be parent again, Jake Anderson, whose smooth blend of almost every variety of flip trick, rock solid 540’s and McTwists was only narrowly beaten by the winner, Andy Scott. Scotty’s stunning range of tasty technical tricks on the coping, inventive inverts and huge airs all pulled off with the smoothest of styles gave him his first win of the series this year.
B group best trick was won by Manfred Kuts for his 50-50 transfer.
A group best trick was won by young Matty Carlisle for landing a 720.
Many thanks to our series sponsors for some great prizes, to Monster Energy for drinks all round and to Mount Hawke for hosting us.
Thanks to Dave Anderson for providing some very stylish trophies.
Thanks to judges Paul Atkins, Sam Bosworth, Ben Liddell, James Haney and James Hemming, and to compares Sean Goff and Mike Stanley.
Check the official clips from the day below.
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1st Andy Scott
2nd Jake Anderson
3rd = Sean Goff and Oakley Liddell
5th Adam Halvorsen
6th = Paul (Jim Skin) Atkins and Matty Carlisle
8th Zak Kutz
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1st James Hemming
2nd Leon Adams (Zippy)
3rd James Haney
4th Rico Camargo
5th Manfred Kutz
6th Michael Stanley
7th Jesse Thomas
8th Reece Douglas
9th Lois Pendlebury