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Pro scooter series is an all out battle between 25 of the worlds best, including riders such as Jesse Bayes, Ben Thomas, Brendon Smith and Raymond Warner. Pro series is run over three separate stop; Bunker indoor skatepark, The park and the Shed. Competition runs are 60 seconds long and are judged on a riders use of park, style, consistency, difficulty and diversity. The competitor with the highest score at the end of the three comps walks away $15000 richer. With Melbourn now having been invaded by some of the very best scooter riders from the rest of the globe it was time to kick this thing off at my home park.
The First stop was held at the Bunker indoor skatepark on the 24th of September. First up it was the girls who did battle and MGP girls rider Pascal Berry was first to drop in. Pascal killed it, throwing down tricks like heel rotor whips, triple whips and whip rewinds. Her run’s saw pascal finishing off in Second place. Next up was another of the MGP a girls rider Jessica Boland who like always, killed it. Stomping tricks such as waffle, over clicked turndowns and huge bri airs which put her into Third place. Last but certainly not least, we had Tamzen Steele who is also an MGP girl rider. Dropping tricks such as bri whip airs, massive superman deck grabs and huge front flips of which earnt her a well deserved First place!
Testosterone levels rose as some of the top Twenty-Five riders in the world warmed up for their first run. Opening up the field was Jesse Bayes throwing down some of the most mind bending tricks the scooter world has ever seen! Other Riders raising the bar and pushing the limits included maniacs like Darcy Cherry-Evans who stomped a nothing front scooter flip fingerwhip. The man himself Raymond Warner as always was a pleasure to watch, pumping out a crazy backflip turndown over the box backwards, finishing up in Eleventh position. World number one Jordan Clarke busted out a fast plant double frontflip in practise but unfortunately couldn’t pull it in his comp run. Jordan finished up in Fifth place. But Roomet stomped the banger of the day with a huge 1080 over the box! Unfortunately he took a few tumbles, ending his day in Fourteenth. But it wasn’t all bangers. We witnessed a few bails, one worthy of a mention was Vincent Kudrna’s 360 fingerwhip over the spank ramp where he slipped a foot and came down hard face first! But being the weapon he is he just got up and continued with his run.
Now to the final results of which there was a three way tie for first place between aussie Grit scooter rider Angus Varney, UK international scooterhut rider Dante Hutchinson and USA lucky rider Capron Funk who all scored 85! To settle who got first, second and third place came down to whoever had the highest scores from both runs. After tallying the scores, it was revealed that local boy Angus Varney took Third place. Capron Funk took Second place and Dante Hutchinson took the First place, leading the poles into Monday’s comp at The Park on the Twenty-Eighth of September.
Stop two of the scooter hut pro scooter series was held at Park Geelong and my god what a Competition it was! The Park is primarily a street course, so riders had to adapt from the close proximity and huge ramps of The Bunker indoor skatepark, to a more spread out course filled with banks, rails, stairs, gaps and ledges. Leading the rankings going into the second stop is Australian Grit Scooters, Angus Varney who is currently in third place. USA lucky scooters rider, Capron Funk who is in second position and UK scooter hut rider, Dante Hutchinson is sitting in first.
Things started slow at the second stop, tricks were stacked, blood was spilt and tears were shed. Then out of no where, motivation seemed to be found. The second runs were some of the best competition riding I’ve ever witnessed! Crazy stunts like Capron Funk and Jackson Maguire doing front flips down the eight set, as well as Corey Funk back flipping the same stair set! Max peters was showing us that he isn’t all flips. Busting out some ridiculous grind combos, mixed with a good amount of style and a cheeky flip or two to remind us why he is THE Max Peters. Unfortunately Dante Hutchinson didn’t perform as well as he did at The Bunker indoor skatepark, sending him down towards the bottom half of the leader board, losing him valuable points.
The third and final stop of the 2015 Scooter hut Pro scooter series was held at the Shed indoor skatepark. It would be here where the winner of the massive $15000 prize would be decided. The Shed indoor skatepark is basically a mix of both the previous stops in this three park tour. It consists of The Bunkers indoor skateparks huge, compact ramp layout, as well as street elements, such as a bank to bank box, a flat tail leading to a down rail and plenty of gaps. There was no mucking around as the riders went hard from the word go! All chasing that cool 15k. Powerful performances as always from envy support rider josh milovanov, who stomped a flair bar whip bar in he rebate run. Raymond Warner once again stunned crowds and wowed the judges with his unique tricks such as his crazy frontside double throw bar to deck grab air during his second run!
What about Phoenix rider Roomet saalik, all the way from Estonia stomping a flair in his first run followed by an amazing double whip tuck no hander over the hip in the mini ramps section! Killer runs from the youngest competitor Lachlan Rose who put together a very consistent and diverse run with a clean backflip drop in to finish of his best run. But it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt or in this case two people. Vincent Kudrna and Josh Milovanov both were boosting the 6ft spine like absolute champs which was great until they both decided to boost it at the same time in the opposite direction. After colliding Josh landed on the coping on his thigh, thankfully and somehow he was able to walk away with just a corked thigh and a few bruises. Vincent wasn’t as lucky as he fell five foot down landing on the coping with his back! Unfortunately Vincent was not physically capable of competing after the accident. It was easily the worst bail I’ve ever witnessed. This showed how fierce the competition was on the day
Everyone was feeding off each others bangers and well planned runs which brought out the best in every competitor. At the end of the day there would only be three standing on the podium and only one winner! In a few cases we had two riders and their two runs scoring the exact same. So their true placings were determined by both of their scored runs added up and compared with one another. So who ever had the highest score overall got the higher placing. The judges called this a “countback back”. So in tenth position with a final a score of 390, Just edging out max peters on count back. Was Jacko Maguire. Coming in at ninth position with a score of 430 was Josh Milovanov. Eighth place went to current isa world number one, Jordan Clark who also scored a 430 but got the higher position due to the judges countback. In seventh position was Australian ASA champion, Jesse Bayes with a 440. Sixth position went to Angus Varney with a score of 450. Coming up in fifth was Owen Carter, who showed consistency throughout all three stops, earning him a 460. Fourth position went to young gun Dante Hutchinson, scoring himself a 470 and coming in Third place with a huge score of 490 and taking home $2000 goes to aussie Grit Scooters rider, Ben Thomas!
Now here’s where things get confusing. Brothers Corey and Capron Funk both put together absolutely ridiculous runs throughout the whole series, scoring a massive final count of 560 points each! To determine the winner the judges looked at their other scored runs from the final stop at The Shed. Their scores once again were determined by their previous scores at The Park Geelong and The Bunker indoor skatepark. It came down to it being just two points between them. And in the end it was the younger brother, Corey Funk who took out the top prize of $15000. Scooter hut put together an amazing competition. When you take 23 of the best riders in the world and offer $15000 for first place, your bound to see the best of scootering and that’s exactly what happened! Riders like Roomet Saalik, The Funk brothers, Raymond Warner, Lewis Williams, Jesse Bayse, and well the rest of the pro series riders, pushed the sport to the absolute limits. The Scooter Hut, Pro Scooter series is pushing scooters and I can’t wait to see what next years top 25 will bring to the table.
Text – Angus Varney
Images – Jordan Turner