After the success of the Action Sports Games (ASG) in 2018, the Bunbury Action Sports Games are back in Western Australia. From March 16 to 17, 2019, some of Australia’s top extreme sports stars competed for a cash prize of $20,000. Wakeboarding, freestyle motocross, skateboarding, BMX and scooter invaded the shores of the sea!

Despite the complicated weather conditions at the beginning of the day, the wind blew away and the event was once again a real success this year. Experienced professionals Nic Rapa (Hawksberry, NSW), Parker Seigle (Tanundra, SA) and Shota Tezuka (Shizuoka, Japan) competed against young Sam Brown (Thirlmere, NSW), Callan Starr (Ascot, WA) and Elliot Digney (Sydney, NSW).

Rapa went into the competition as the favourite and started his run impressively with some massive moves however after a couple of falls he knew it was going to be a tough challenge to finish first.

“Last year, I didn’t event make the podium so I am stoked with 3rd place” said Rapa, adding “the conditions were tough out there on Koombana Bay and when the wind turned that made the water bumpy and difficult to land your tricks”.

Dark horse, Parker Seigle was pretty happy with his flawless run and really pulled out some big moves to place second behind Tezuka.

Seigle took on the testing waters of Koombana Bay and wasn’t too fazed by the choppy cross shore conditions.

“Its been a while since I’ve been back to WA and I love coming here; finishing second is a fantastic result as I haven’t had a podium finish for a while…thanks heaps Bunbury…I’ll be back” said Parker.

Tezuka made his debut in Bunbury this year and was relaxed about the tournament and was keen to test his skills on the beautiful waters of Koombana Bay.

Checking out the conditions early and seeing what the other competitors had strung together on their runs, Tezuka went to work like a quality tradesman, building on his repertoire of moves. He started out by testing the conditions and once he had that sorted, he was unstoppable.

Tezuka was easily the standout of the tournament and the judges were impressed with his solid combinations of tricks so they rewarded him accordingly.

Taking out first place on his maiden trip to Bunbury, Tezuka was ecstatic, “I am so happy to finish first on the podium and its been a long time coming, it gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of year, so really happy I came to Bunbury…its such a beautiful place…I’ll be back that’s for sure”. Tezuka added.

Final Results:
1st Shota Tezuka (JPN) – 78.89
2nd Parker Seigle (AUS) – 66.67
3rd Nic Rapa (AUS) – 65.00
4th Elliot Digney (AUS) – 63.89
5th Callan Starr (AUS) – 49.45
6th Sam Brown (AUS) – 43.89

More about the event : 

This major event is set to become one of the richest wakeboarding events in Australia and given the fact that it is held the week after the Moomba Masters in Victoria and it will attract a top field of world class wakeboarders, fantastic media and promote the vibrancy of the City of Bunbury.

“We are very fortunate to have access to funding through the Tourism WA Regional Events Scheme and the City of Bunbury to keep this awesome event on track,” said ASG Event Director Tim Thirsk. “We have had amazing support from so many local sponsors such as the Bayview Bar and Restaurant, GWN7, HITFM plus a host of other fantastic partners”.

More about Bunbury :

Bunbury is one of the few City’s in the world than can boast to having amazing beaches on its doorstep, flanked by amazing inland waterway’s on the other side of the city. With a vibrant city lifestyle, fine restaurants, a world-class café strip and plenty of accommodation options, Bunbury is the perfect setting for major sporting events, such as the Action Sports Games.

Check out the video of last year of #unleashedwakemag


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