Sunday 22nd July saw the UK regional qualifier and national final of the Tech Deck Young Guns skateboarding take place at the XC Hemel Hempstead.
Regional winners from Scotland and Wales made the journey and gathered together for a head-to-head to compete in the Under 16’s and 16’s and over final to find the national champions in both categories.
After a tight competition in the Under 16’s, Jordan Sharkey was the clear winner with Charlie Birch and Tom Tg following a close second and third respectively. Nic Powley, organiser and head judge, said: “With Sharkey and Charlie already picking up sponsors and coverage as a result of this tour, it seems as though Young Guns is really achieving its aim to support young talent. Expect to see more from all of these guys in the coming years as they are your future skateboard stars without a doubt.”
In the 16’s and over championship, Jon Howlett blasted to first place, surprising no one who saw him skate in qualifiers. Tom Hewlett from Devon came in second with smiley Danny Cartwright coming in third. Once again all the guys in the final were of a really high standard.
Nic Powley added: “I would like to thank Tech Deck for truly supporting grassroots skateboarding and to all our co-sponsors: Vans, Skull Candy, World Industries, Rocket, Protec, Spitfire, Sidewalk, Progression Action Sports. I know I probably say this every time I report, but the standard of skating and consistency blew me away.”
Tech Deck continues their commitment to work with Nic Powley and his team on skateboarding events both locally and nationally for the remainder of 2012/13. Jo Thompson, PR executive at Spin Master, commented: “It is a privilege for Tech Deck to be involved with grassroots skateboarding, the standard and competition gets better and better every year.”