Bowman Hansen, ranked 294 in the world, says the most important part of the event is the crowd.
“I always love skating with international skaters as it brings a different approach to the bowl and we usually witness something no-one’s seen done in the bowl at Chaffers. But I don’t think it’ll be much different, the level of skaters in NZ has improved tremendously.
“A competition is a competition to me, get out there, skate how I skate, and accumulate as many points as I can. I’m always aiming for first place.
“When skating in front of a good audience that’s loud and enjoying their time watching, they give off so much energy, makes yourself as the skater go harder than you usually would, love a good crowd.
“Give it a go, it takes time to pick it up but if you keep at it and practice every day you won’t regret it, it becomes life changing.”
Wellington City Council has partnered with Miryoku Agency, Wellington Skateboarding Association, Skateboarding New Zealand, and Redhead or Dead Events to bring this festival to the capital.