Wheels and Fins, is stoked to announce the return of the UK Mini Ramp Champs, which is now endorsed by Skateboard England, at its 2019 event on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September at Joss Bay in Broadstairs (Nr Margate) Kent. The competition, which attracts pro-skateboarders from across the UK competing for a £4,000 shared cash-prize, will sit alongside a brand-new attraction which sees Wheels and Fins introduce a vert ramp competition for the first time. This invite-only event will see the UK’s top vert skaters take to the 12.5ft vert ramp to impress the crowd and show the technical skills and nerves of steel required for this particular discipline. With much hype surrounding the sport thanks to the recent announcement of the Team GB skate team, Wheels and Fins is again stoked to invite members of the Olympic team to compete at the festival.
King Ramps Vert Ramp for 2019. Pic: Mike John
Wheels and Fins is the only place to watch vert skating in Kent; a real treat for skateboard fans and newcomers alike. Standing at a colossal 12.5-ft-tall, the vert ramp comes from Europe’s premiere ramp design and build company, King Ramps, and will see only the top pro skateboarders compete. Invited skaters include X-Games Men’s gold medalist Sam Beckett (now Team GB), and X Games junior medalist, Sam Bosworth. The heats and final for this exciting competition will take place over the two days of Wheels and Fins.
Festival goers are also in for a treat as Team GB skaters and previous competitors at Wheels and Fins, Sam Beckett, Alex Hallford and Jordan Thackeray, have been invited to compete at Wheels and Fins.
Also taking place over two days is the Skateboard England recognised UK Mini Ramp Champs. Around 40 pro and sponsored skaters are expected to take part in the competition which now enters its third year. They will compete in Men’s and Women’s categories for an equally split prize purse of £4,000, plus Under 16s will take part in the Junior category supported by Revolution Skatepark. Expert judging panels rating technical ability, style, and standard of tricks, are made up of Lucy Adams – Chair of Skateboard England, pro and former pro skaters, and the UK Mini Ramp Champs founder, Nic Powley.
Nic Powley, who has previously been the Vans UK skate team manager, is also the owner of local store Skate Pharm in Margate. He also sits on the board of Skateboard England and has organised countless skateboard events over the years. He comments: “The addition of the vert ramp to this year’s proceedings is a big deal. Seeing vert skating on this level in this country is rare and I’m pretty sure this is the first vert comp on this scale to ever be held in Kent. It will bring a whole new bunch of skateboarders to the festival and highlights Wheels and Fins dedication to supporting skateboarding as well as putting on a spectacle for the crowd”.
For all enquiries about this years skate comps please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s: Prize Money £2000
- Rio O’byrne
- Jake Collins
- Kieran Waterton
Women’s: Prize Money £2000
- Amy Ram
- Roxanna Howlett
- Lola Tamblin
9 & Under
- Taylor Cunningham
- Rhys Bevan
- Jacob Johnson
- Jago Forde