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Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 11:18:18 AM

He skates, he flies, he wins!

A messy af fair: This year’s ‘gap’ setup is constructed to resemble an abandoned warehouse in mind, complete with plywood and tyre obstacles, and even a functioning forklift .

A messy af fair: This year’s ‘gap’ setup is constructed to resemble an abandoned warehouse in mind, complete with plywood and tyre obstacles, and even a functioning forklift .

THE third Vans “King of the Gap“ skateboarding competition, which took place at Citta Mall’s parking lot, saw the top two places swept up by Singaporeans in a near repeat of 2012, while two Malaysians shared the honour for third place.

“King of the Gap” derives its name from the space where a skateboarder goes airborne and performs his/her best aerial tricks before landing.

Assessment is based on the complexity of the trick, as well as the skateboarder performed a “clean” landing, i.e. landing with wheels on the ground and rolling away, instead of having to touch the ground to steady themselves.

Skateboarding expert Ahmad Fadzil “Pa’din” Musa, who constructed this year’s “gap” with an abandoned warehouse theme, said the setup was slightly more complex than last year.

Concentration is etched on the skateboarder's face as he prepares to confront the
I can do this: Concentration is etched on the skateboarder’s face as he prepares to confront the “gap” and perform his aerial trick.

“This year, we simulate an abandoned warehouse, complete with discarded plywood, the actual gap which is the loading bay, worn tires and the forklift,” said Ahmad Fadzil.

The aim, he said, was to make the skateboarders hesitate but the latter had to follow through with their aerial tricks.

King of the Gap 2013 saw over 50 skateboarders participating from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Rawie Mahat, 19, retained his King of the Gap crown from 2012, and took home RM3,000 in cash, together with Vans merchandise sponsored by Royal Sporting House (RSH) Malaysia.

Rawi Mahat (third from left) repeated his feat as last year's Vans
Fast-paced: Rawi (third from left) is the Vans “King of Gap” champion again, while compatriot Muhammad Farris Abdul Rahman (third from right) was placed second. Joint third-placers are Azreen Azman and Rozaimi Rashid (second from right and right respectively). On the left is Ahmad Fadzil and RSH advertising and promotions assistant manager Kiki Lee.

“I think I could have done better, especially with the landings for some of my tricks, but I can’t complain about the result,” smiled Rawie, adding that being unfamiliar with the competition surface also gave him some tense moments.

Joint-third placing Azreen Azman, 23 and Rozaimi Rashid, 28 said they had merely planned on doing the best they could in the competition.

“I have to say the gap’s difficulty this year was just right. Last year was similar to the United States’ Carlsbad Gap, and the landing surface was little tiles which made it difficult,” said Azreen.

“It was still challenging though, I spilled a lot of times just now, but I managed to perform a switch frontside flip and a switch-up flip, so that helped,” said Rozaimi.

Both Azreen and Rozaimi, who have been skating for over a decade, walked away with RM1,000 and sponsored merchandise, while second-placed Muhammad Farris Abdul Rahman, 19, received RM2,000 and merchandise from RSH Malaysia as well.

Tags / Keywords: Community, Central Region, Vans King of the Gap 2013; Royal Sporting House; Citta Mall

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