AustralAsian Continental Champions 2017

The AustralAsian Continental Champions were decided last week in South Korea at Arirang Hill Fest, after earlier races in Australia and the Philippines. One hundred and sixty riders from AustralAsia took part, and the IDF is proud to officially crown the AustralAsian Continental Champions.

Open Skateboarding

1. Mitch Thompson

19 year old Australian Mitch Thompson must like the number three; he converted three third-place finishes into becoming Australasian Continental Champ. While it's still early in the season, Mitch is nicely positioned at second in the world rankings and looks set to take on the big boys from Europe, Latin America and North America in the World Championship stakes.

Mitch Thompson; AustralAsian Open Skateboard Champion 2017
Mitch Thompson; AustralAsian Open Skateboard Champion 2017. Pic: Miko Montifar

2. Taylor Cook

New Zealand grom Taylor Cook arrived at Newton's out of nowhere and immediately made his mark. Two consecutive consi finals at Keeping It High and Arirang Hill were enough to catapult him to second in the AustralAsian rankings.

Zak Mills-Goodwin; AustralAsian Open Skateboard 2nd place 2017. Pic: Mason Shin
Zak Mills-Goodwin; AustralAsian Open Skateboard 2nd place 2017. Pic: Mason Shin

3. Zak Mills-Goodwin

Zak Mills-Goodwin from Australia took third place, and showed improvement in each race; round 1 at Newton’s, quarter-finals at Keeping It High and Consi finals at Arirang Hill. He's looking to maintain that progress with an assault on the European races later this year.

Zak Mills-Goodwin; AustralAsian Open Skateboard 3rd place 2017. Pic: Taylor Bast
Zak Mills-Goodwin; AustralAsian Open Skateboard 3rd place 2017. Pic: Taylor Bast
Jaime de Lange (Philippines)
Jaime de Lange (Philippines), fastest non Australian/New Zealander, two years in a row

Women’s Skateboarding

1. Elissa Mah

Elissa Mah from New Zealand took the Women’s continental title for the second straight year. Her solid riding, consistency, and dedication were well rewarded.

Elissa Mah; AustralAsian Womens Skateboard Champion 2017. Pic: Owen Licop
Elissa Mah; AustralAsian Womens Skateboard Champion 2017. Pic: Owen Licop

2. Gemma Holland

Gemma Holland from Australia finished 2nd after a fourth place finish at Newton's.

3. Kaila Dasol Jung

Kaila Dasol Jung (South Korea) won a convincing victory at the technical and fast Arirang Hill track, and could really shake things up on the world circuit.

Kaila Daisol Jung; AustralAsian Women's3rd place 2017. Pic: Jonaz Alino
Kaila Daisol Jung; AustralAsian Women's3rd place 2017. Pic: Jonaz Alino

Abigail Viloria of the Philippines was fourth, and is knocking on the door for the 2018 season.

Junior Skateboarding

1. Taylor Cook

Taylor Cook (New Zealand) swept the AustralAsian Juniors title finishing first in all three races, and even making the semis of the Opens at Arirang Hill. We look forward to seeing this grom take on the rest of the groms in the 2017 World Tour, and mixing it with the big boys in Opens. The last Juniors World Champion from the AustralAsian region was back in 2013 (Connor Ferguson, Australia).

Taylor Cook battles Robert Burns; they finished 1 and 2 every time they raced, and overall in the AustralAsian Juniors Championship race
Taylor Cook battles Robert Burns; they finished 1 and 2 every time they raced, and overall in the AustralAsian Juniors Championship race. Pic: Owen Licop

2. Robert Burns

To say that Robert Burns (Hong Kong) challenged for the top spot in the Juniors division is an understatement; each clash between him and Taylor Cook was a genuine battle; Taylor took the final race by edging Rob out by only 0.04 of a second. Both Taylor and Rob will be focusing on the Open division when the 2018 AustralAsian tour rolls around.

Robert Burns; AustralAsian Junior Skateboard 2nd place 2017. Pic: Mason Shin
Robert Burns; AustralAsian Junior Skateboard 2nd place 2017. Pic: Mason Shin

3. Connor Nonas

Connor took third place with a single impressive result; a second place at Newton's.

The 2018 Juniors title will see some fresh faces - look for 14 year old Andrei Ybañez (Philippines) and 16 year old Mason Shin (South Korea) who finished equal 10th in 2017.

Masters Skateboarding

1. Ben Hay

Ben Hay (Australia) successfully defended his 2016 Masters AustralAsian Championship, and shows little signs of slowing down. He won two out of the three races, and was just pipped at Newton's by close rival Adam Yates. He will also be defending his 2016 Masters World title this year.

Ben Hay; AustralAsian Masters Skateboard Champion 2017. Pic: Ryan Nicholls
Ben Hay; AustralAsian Masters Skateboard Champion 2017. Pic: Ryan Nicholls

2. Taejoo Park

Taejoo Park took the second spot after being the only other Master to go to more than one race.

3. Adam Yates

The Yatedawg won an impressive victory at Newton's and could be a big threat in the World Masters Championship race.

Luge

1. Abdil Mahdzan

Abdil Mahdzan (Malaysia) easily defended his 2016 AustralAsian Championship, winning all three races. Abdil is also the current World Luge Champion, and is a good bet to repeat that too.

Abdil Mahdzan; AustralAsian Luge Champion 2017. Pic: Jonaz Alino
Abdil Mahdzan; AustralAsian Luge Champion 2017. Pic: Jonaz Alino

2. Zen Rasta

The mystery man from Australia missed the race in his home country, but solid performances in the Philippines and South Korea were enough to snag him second place.

3. Graham Brittain

The Australian known as Grits is reliably fast, but with limited race attendances in 2017 could only manage third place.

Text by Fede Barboni, Carl Sambrano, and Colin Beck.