The Belco Bowl Jam recently clocked 20 years and the scene Down Under really went all out to celebrate. A session-packed weekend with Oz’s finest kicked off by taking over the Church Café alleyway, followed by street-spot cash grabs all over town before ending at the bowl jam—all squeezed in by the time the rain set in for good. Forget your one-minute runs, tricks for cash always ensures nonstop action. —George Kousoulis
Photos by Sam Coady, Wade McLaughlin and Tom Robinson
Ethan Copeland throws a boneless in his backyard. We'll get to the Jam in a bit, but first we'll start at the beginning of the day
Canberra locals out in full force to get the session sparked. First spot: the Church Café alleyway
Straight out the gate, Nixen Osborne snatches a twenty from Red
Then he dominates the long-jump event
Keeping the evening moving we see... Zoolz waxing the Church Café bar?
Johnno Halchenko aka Spliffcheese stands on a 5-0 where you usually rest your beer
Into the sunlight now, the hip-spot lineup was heavy and hungry for cash
Pat Roberts throws a mean and clean frontside flip for a few bucks
Shanae Collins gets his back with a bean plant off the corner
Chima five-stair hang time on the way. No cash reward, he's a soul scooterer
"Triple-set sesh before midday?" Jackson and Chima look on confused
Soon enough, the hungry locals get to huckin'. Leonardo Panzera tré flips the triple set for breakfast
Over to the big boy next door. Johnno Halchenko hops down it with a huge 180 attempt
Two boards down for Johnno
Giggly Gabbers as Cody Riley sacrifices his board for the make
Spliffcheese thickening his wallet by stomping the 180
Across to the skatepark now!
Coverboy Jack O'Grady gets a hungover Smith on a local's board
Chima chimes in with a varial heelflip over the rail. Easy beer money for the boys
Enough hucking, time for the main event!
Zepp Heyes and company eyeing it up, about to get some
Megaranch Aaliyah dives in and goes straight for the Smith grind
Ruby Trew likes an airborne approach. She was flying high all day
Son of '80s vert legend Steve Higham, Josho takes an egg over the channel
Kieran Woolley and his old-faithful kicky Indy
Time for the highest air... Yes, that is exactly what you think it is
RJ Barbaro fully tucked, flyin' high frontside
Man down. You got it next year, RJ
Roll in on top of a roll in?
The speed strategy pays off! Ethan Copeland knows this bowl
Highest air for Ethan, duh
Now, on to the formalities
Kieran Woolley crowned Lord of the Bowl and Ethan walks away First Loser
Gather 'round, it's time to give away some gear
Classic proddy-toss photo
The grand finalé, aka the annual watch Conz try get out of the bowl
Thank you, Vans, for helping to make another successful event. That's it for the second decade of celebration at the Belco Bowl. See you all next year for number 21!