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You know that feeling you get when you see someone do something really cool.

Something that truely makes you go, that human is awesome.

People are pretty cool and despite what you might think, you can be pretty darn cool too.

It really does just take a bit of practice and small steps. One at a time.

It’s other people around us taking on challenges that can inspire us the most. This is what makes the Australian Open of Surfing a great place to be a part of.

Best Trick Competition at GoPro Beach Bowl
– Australian Open of Surfing Manly Beach

On the last day of the Australian Open of Surfing, 6th March 2016.  Manly Beach held the final Best Trick Competition at the GoPro Beach Bowl.

The setup was literally on Manly Beach and I couldn’t not bring you along.

gopro beach bowl

Call me naive but I honestly expected to go in watching people nail tricks every go.

I’ve said it a couple of times. But lets come back to it. You can train and improve your fitness all you like. It’s going to help you in a number of ways. The truth is though, the best way to learn a new skill is to perform it exactly as it should over and over again until you nail it.

You might already know this. You also probably forget it.

It’s great to watch everyones highlight reel but its better to watch their journey along the way to remind us of the hard work it takes to nail something new. Whether its a trick or new skill.

It was really inspiring to see a bunch of people attempting their own tricks. On repeat. They don’t make it at first or even every time. Towards the end though some of them start to nail the tricks they set out to do. I wasn’t able to capture all of the completions on video but that doesn’t mean they didn’t happen.

Congratulations to:

Winning on his Kickflip Backside 5-0 trick. You can check him out on Instagram @_kitai92.

Now. Who wants to get on their skateboard? Because you can be pretty darn cool too.


Have you watched any skate competitions in person?


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