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Lachlan Abbot,  Beach Bowl Am Jam champ!

February 18 2012 | Posted in Press Releases Skate

Skating’s next gen got a taste of the big time, with the Junior Am Jam shredders starring centre stage in the packed Beach Bowl. 

Eight-year old Keegan Palmer and 11 year-old Poppy Olsen, won the crowd – the event’s youngest competitor and the only female entrant both tearing fearlessly around the bowl like seasoned pros.

But the afternoon belonged to birthday boy Lachlan Abbot. Spurred on by MC Sergi Ventura, 1,000 fans sang “Happy Birthday” to Lach before the final, and Lach’s super tight runs in the decider ensured it would be a day he won’t forget.

Long grinds, powerful airs and style around the whole Bowl saw Lach finish 1st ahead of Jakob Robinson, Ryan Helm, Noah Fuzi and Joe Atkins of the U.K. A surprise ollie from the extension into the bowl with the seconds ticking down sealed the deal for him and the 14 year-old is now etched into the history books as the first winner at Manly in the Australian Open Beach Bowl.

Lachlan Abbot working his way to the Beach Bowl Am Jam title // Photo: ShortyPhotos.com 

“I’ve only really tried them before (of the Ollie) in a four foot bowl, but I made it so that was good,” said Lach. 

The top three Junior Am Jam finalists received commemorative Ben Brown Beach Bowl art trophies and the latest tech gear from Sony, including the 16.2MP Sony Cybershot digital camera and Skull Candy Aviator headphones.

Sasha Steinhorst, World Cup Skateboarding Competition Director, praised the baby Beach Bowl boomers.

“It’s insane to see these guys; the young generation is coming up in a big way. Lachlan Abbot may be a kid, but he skated like the big boys today. Jakob too, he had good tricks, good variation … hand plants, airs. The level of bowl skating is getting better and the riders are getting younger.”

Juniors Beach Bowl Final Results

Rank Name Age Hometown Sponsors
1 Lachlan Abbott 13 Oatlands, NSW AUS Theeve, Rainskates, Stereo, TSG
2 Jakob Robinson 14 Ballina, NSW AUS Supersports, TSG, Afends flow
3 Ryan Helm 12 Sydney, NSW AUS  
4 Noah Fuzi 14 Bondi, NSW AUS Boardworld.com.au, Sfm
5 Joe Atkins 17 Coventry, ENG Ride Skateshop
6 Keegan Palmer 8 Currumbin, QLD AUS Hurley
7 Luke Russell 11 Wollongong, NSQ AU Skater socks, Theeve, Iskate, TSG
8 Jackson Bogaerts 14 Newcastle, NSW AUS Newcastle Skate Shop
9 George Richards 15 Newcastle, NSW AUS BM Skateboards
10 Vi Kakinho 14 Florianopolis, BR Volcom, Vans, Evoke, Independent, Drop Dead
11 Poppy Olsen 11 Bondi, NSW AUS Perfect Moment, iskate Australia, TSG
12 Johnny Gasparotto 15 Port Alegre, BRA Devotion, Swell Skate Camp, BanXs
13 Noah Regan 14 Newcastle, NSW AUS  
14 Damon Williamson 16 Sydney, NSW AUS Skater HQ
15 Hugo Ilencik 10 Bondi, NSW AUS