19 Mar Action Sports Games 2019
Action Sport Games 2019 Australia
SHOTA TEZUKA (JPN) WINS THE ACTION SPORTS GAMES PRO WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT
Media release: 18 March 2019
Event Dates: 16 and 17 March 2019
Location: Koombana Bay and the CBD, Bunbury Western Australia
The six-man final saw seasoned professionals Nic Rapa (Hawksberry, NSW), Parker Seigle (Tanundra, SA) and Shota Tezuka (Shizuoka, Japan) take on the young guns Sam Brown (Thirlmere, NSW), Callan Starr (Ascot, WA) and Elliot Digney (Sydney, NSW).
Conditions on Koombana Bay, Bunbury Western Australia once again proved challenging at first but by 11am the wind dropped, and conditions improved.
Tournament Director Mike Hogarth called the Action Sports Games Pro Wakeboard Tournament on after a meeting with the riders. “Water conditions have improved since the morning and the wind looks like its going to back off for a while so we’ll get on the water ASAP” said Hogarth.
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.
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
About Action Sports Games:
Action Sports Games is a combination of wakeboarding, freestyle motocross, skateboarding, BMX and scooter. It is an action-packed extreme sports event and attracts some of Australia’s best extreme sports stars to Bunbury to compete for a whopping overall $20,000 in cash and prizes.
The pristine waters of Koombana Bay hosted a world-class wakeboard tournament sanctioned by the International Water-ski and Wakeboard Federation.
Fun Facts about Koombana Bay, Bunbury:
Koombana Bay is home to one of Australia’s most famous Dolphin Discovery Centres, where over a 100 Dolphins congregate, feed and breed. The centre is also key learning and education centre for schools and universities where research is constantly being done to learn more about these amazing animals: see www.dolphindiscovery.com.au
Follow us: www.actionsportsgames.com.au
Our Event Partners:
The event is proudly sponsored by Tourism WA Regional Events Scheme and The City of Bunbury
Local sponsors: Bunbury Hotel,Koombana Bay, GWN 7, HitFM. Bayview Bar and Restaurant, Minority Clothing, Portside Tattoos, Sports Marine, CNW Electrical, Perth Wake Park, World Gym Bunbury, Pete’s Chop Shop, Colony BMX, Modus Bearings and Root Industries