DUCKBREWE SKATE FESTIVAL
On Saturday 16th January 2021, top skaters from all over New Zealand descended on Two Thumb Brewery, Christchurch for the first annual DUCKBREWE Skate Festival. What followed was a day of 'much merriment' with big sound systems, cold craftys, huge moves and even bigger smiles.
Civil Parks worked tirelessly for over 24 hours before the event in order to construct a goliath mini-ramp that was worthy of the occasion. 5 foot in places with 6 & 7 foot extensions, a spine and rollover at it's centre - it had the lot. Christchurch's top talent competed against skaters from Mangawhai, Dunedin, Wellington, Wanaka and more to battle it out for $5K in prizes. Christchurch's Poppy Jo took away 1st place in the Womens event whilst national champion Bowman Hansen won gold in the Mens and 1st place went to Myles Caughley from Wellington in the Groms.
The festival was also a day of music, street food & craft beer. Two Thumb Brewing Co. provided soft drinks by the ramp, craft beer in the brewery and a second outside bar in the courtyard serving DUCKBREWE on tap. El Taquito & Empire Chicken served up street food all day with El Taquito on site until midnight. Deep Frequency supplied the epic ramp side sound system where DJs ET, Formatics, SUB:BASS & Infectiouss performed throughout the day. Tombstone Entertainment supplied our sounds and staging in the courtyard where Juana Kino for performed. SUB:BASS supplied the in-bar sound system where The Most Known Unknown spun vinyls late into the evening & the SUB:BASS duo rounded things off with some pumping D&B.
The event was made possible by a huge number of contributors including volunteers, local and national businesses. The five sponsors who funded prizes were Civil Parks, Yeah Gnar, Outsiders, Embassy & Duckewe. Skateboarding NZ provided the insurance for the event and their president, Chris Curran, led the panel of judges using an innovative digital judging system. Izzak Culvert of Outsiders Skate Store also judged alongside Raphael of Yeah Gnar to complete the panel. Captain Johnny MC'd the event, joined later by George Read for the finals & prize giving. Civil Parks paid for the materials, transport & construction of the ramp. RDU sponsored the event with digital advertisements and on-air interviews. SUB:BASS helped organise the music for the event.
None of the above contributors were paid for their contributions and all deserve a huge amount of praise. The event was not-for-profit and even with the sound system and seating companies giving special deals, the tickets only contributed towards the cost of the day. The phrase 'there's no money in skateboarding' is all too well known and when the community comes together to make these types of events possible it is a cause for celebration. Thank you to everyone involved. Here's to the next!