Swedish Christine Irestedt (21) and Patrik Lindquist (26) are freelancers
in their chosen area, and good friends since '99 when they met at
a University in Malaga. Australia came to be their home last year
when they both left Sweden for Queensland to study. This article
is the product of their first work together, but as far as they
are concerned; as long as they can keep up the spirit of mixing
adventures and business with pleasure, there will be more to come!]
For some people a December weekend in
Sydney is an ordinary weekend, for others the most important 48
hours in the entire year.
The summer X Games, held in Sidney Olympic
Super Dome between the 8th and 9th of December is an extraordinary,
yearly event for both skaters and observers; inviting participants
from USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America to show the
world their skills. Whether you are a skate fan or not, this weekend
was an experience of its kind, starting off Saturday the 8th.
The bad weather obviously was not an issue
for either the media or the people. Entering the doors of the Super
Dome was like entering an entire new world. I would say it was an
inferno, a skate dome. Note the X Games includes BMX, motor X, break
dancing, and inline competitions, however, I am not alone thinking
the skate events were the cream on the cracker.
The time schedule was surprisingly close
to "non existing," however, after a few lattes and some muttering
from our photographer, the Skate street event kicked off.
On the top 9 competitors in the first
heat, Australian Tim "Dorfus" McDougall and Josh "the black Russian"
Evin from Canada made some awesome tricks, injected the public with
real skate energy.
Second heat, a little man in a red T
shirt, 11 year-old Jack Fardell, caused a lot of big eyes in the
public and stole the show with his non fear and self secure skating.
It is what you can expect from a future star. The little man was
amazed by the responce of the crowd. " Friggin mind blowing! I have
never been in a crowd like this. It was awesome," he said.
Attempting some sickly dangerous moves,
Josh Evin broke his board ten minutes before time due, followed
by the skateboard Elvis, Steve Caballero.
Steve is one of the top skaters in the
world, not because of his nerve tickler, but for his precise and
classic way of skating.
Jack Fardell got himself to the final
but got beaten by the big boys. Tim McDougall got the gold, Steve
Caballero the Silver and Josh Evin got himself a bronze. The Saturday
events in the Sydney Super Dome had come to an end.
Sunday the we came to the stadium before
noon and spent some quality time in the crowd watching the break
dancing championship competition.
The Skateboard Vert competition was certainly
the main event of the X Games. First heat, Tony Alexanda, Sergi
Ventura, Steve Caballero, Tas Pappas and Sandro Dias were the last
competitors on the start list, and together they made the other
five competitors look like beginners.
Tas Pappas, Brasilian Sandro Dias and American Sergi Ventura are
sharks. They not only know how to weaken our nerves by challenging
themselves and their boards, but these guys know how to face the
fear. Steve Caballero and Tony Hallam, an original top skater from
Australia who skated in heat two, were the oldest competitors. They
are both very fluid and precise in their skating; no wonder considering
these guys got both the title and the skills. Nothing outrageous,
but very smooth.
Sadly, Australian Mick Mullan, who did
a great job in the warm ups, lost both his patience, temper and
board during the second heat. He threw some nasty comments at his
board, and failed to get himself to the final.
Juergen Horrwarth from Germany, known
from the Saturday street competition (where he threw his board and
helmet to the crowd) was the last competitor on the list, and gave
the already exited public some more tricks to drool over. Juergen
made, however, his way all trough to the final along with Caballero,
Tas Pappas, Dave Bodnar, Sandro Dias, Tony Hallam, Ventura, Trevor
Waard, Tony Alexanda and Pete King.
All I can say is that I am amazed the
judges could point out a winner. In this final, they decided Tas
Pappas was the man. Pappas got the gold, Dave Bodnar the Silver
and Sandro Dias got the bronze.
Hard to believe, but the 48 hour X Games
The break dancers stole the public attention
as we walked out the Super Dome, bars and fast food shops closed
down, and our team ended up at the brewery, celebrating the success
of Pappas, ourselves and the event itself.
Next year, we promised ourselves over
a cold Victorian bitter, wherever the X Games will be held, we'll
1 Tim McDougall
2 Steve Caballero
3 Josh Evin
4 Juergen Horrwarth
5 Chris Wood
6 Will Stoyles
7 Kerry Getz
8 Ryan Gooding
9 Steve Bull
10 Anthony Mosely
11 Jack Fardell
1 Tas Pappas
2 Dave Bodnar
3 Sandro Dias
4 Steve Caballero
5 Juergen Horrwarth
6 Pete King 7 Renton Millar
8 Tony Hallam9 Trevor Ward
10 Sergi Ventura
11 Tony Alexanda