Mount Hawke Vert Jam
Mount Hawke Skatepark, Cornwall
The only indoor vert ramp in Cornwall hosts the most southerly leg of the UK Independent Vert Series. This massive warehouse is home to one of the best parks in the country, boasting a large street area, mini ramps, rhythm section and of course, the beast of a vert ramp. With similar dimensions to Corby it’s a biggie, but it also features two huge roll-ins which help make the A-Group airs a spectacle not to be missed.
It’s well worth the trip and is as good an excuse as any to visit Cornwall this year. Many people take the opportunity to camp over near the venue making the most of the often fine weather and turning it into a week to remember. Get yourself down this May to skate or spectate, and support UK Vert – you won’t regret it.
Last year’s results
The Mount Hawke Vert Jam went down at the weekend and considering we had lower numbers than usual, it was a wall-to-wall trick fest! It was nice to have a slightly more relaxed schedule due to not needing any qualifiers – we went straight to finals with 8, 7 and 10 riders in A, B and Masters groups respectively.
The competition marks the seventh and final time that Ben “Fresh Air” Liddell will be organising this contest, so watch this space to see who will be taking the reins next year. So, a massive thanks to Ben for keeping the Cornish leg of the series going all this time and enjoy putting your feet up for the next one! Also, thanks to all the people who supported this contest in so many ways including Jake Anderson for getting sponsors together, Elliot Mallinson for filming, Manfred Kutz for surface maintenance, Jon Nixon and Jim Langran for continuing to provide solid judging skills. All the staff at the skatepark were on top form keeping us comfortable and well equipped throughout.
The competition was live-streamed on our Facebook page so you can watch it back here:
- Mount Hawke 2017 Vert Contest: A Group Live Stream
- Mount Hawke 2017 Vert Contest: B Group Live Stream
- Mount Hawke 2017 Vert Contest: Masters Live Stream
Here’s the top 3 results in all groups. Visit the results pages for the full table.
1. Logan Dell
2. Kieran Waterton
3. Harry While
1. Chris Hudson
2. Richard Styles
3. Mat Marlow
1. Jesse Thomas
2. Jim Langran
3. Jake Anderson
Here are the dates we have so far for 2017 vert competitions across the UK. These dates are confirmed by each organiser and park but they are always subject to change as the vert calendar fills up with other events such as festivals and other comps, so please keep checking here and our social pages for any changes.
If we stay at 6 comps, scores will be the total of the best 5, if we have 7 (Steve Bayless Vert Session at St Neots is still TBC) then it will be best 6.
- Wheels of Steel
Adrenaline Alley, Corby
2nd April 2017
- Seaside Session
Ramp City, Blackpool
28th May 2017
- Shut Up & Skate
Southsea Skatepark, Southsea
18th June 2017
- Steve Bayless Vert Session
River Road Skatepark, St Neots
30th July 2017
- Mount Hawke Vert Jam
Mount Hawke Skatepark, Cornwall
3rd September 2017
- Mancunian Meltdown
Beast Rampz, Manchester
24th September 2017
- Blockless Combat
Creation Skatepark, Birmingham
8th October 2017
A warm, sunny May bank holiday weekend in Cornwall greeted us on the other side of the usual traffic chaos for the first round of the 2016 series. The “Mount Hawke Vert Jam” as it will now be known was another memorably epic competition to be hosted at the venue, which unfortunately, was still under re-development after a 6 week full build (except for the vert). The place looks amazing but as we couldn’t skate it, all the focus was on the vert ramp which was certainly no bad thing!
35 riders were in attendance which made filling the 3 groups no problem. 2 B-Group heats, 2 A-Group heats and a straight fight for the Masters trophy. The first official series Masters event had 9 eager young lads who welcomed the chance to skate with their contemporaries, making for a great comp with no holding back. Dave Allen took best trick with his hard-fought straight-up egg plant shortly after taking the biggest slam of the day on a crail revert but still managing third place. Chris Hudson’s usual grin just got wider when he found himself in 2nd place thanks to high airs, massive speed grinds and a crowd-pleasing melon to tail to name a few. Paul ‘Jim the Skin’ Atkins took the beautifully crafted “M” trophy with huge tail slaps, technical grind reverts and unbeatably stylish crail slides. Click here for Masters full results
The B Group had 18 riders with the final eight showing a massive range of different styles from the slashing pool style of Gaz Hughes and the unnecessarily bright Rob Ayton to the padless mahem of Tony Jarvis and ultimately victorious Dean Greensmith – a vert series newcomer! Dean took first place with the best-trick-awarded Andrecht revert and a great show of general gnarliness. Taking second place was the aforementioned lollipop lady impersonator Rob Ayton who’s been progressing steadily with his mix of rock fakies, smith stalls, rock fakies and rock fakies to become a real contender (also managing a miller flip and some really nice airs). Closing out the top three with his first podium was Ethan Doody who’s really put the hours in at Creation skatepark to nail some massive fakie ollies, platform roll-outs and solid lip tricks. Click here for B group full results
Since this comp didn’t clash directly with any European events as it sometimes has, we were lucky enough to see most of the A group riders in attendance with only a couple of absent northern and Brazilian exceptions. We also had the pleasure of two ex B Groupers; Alex Griffiths and Finley Kirkby who both showed their mettle with some massive airs and varials (Alex) and even a 540 (Finley).
The A Group final was absolutely insane. Some of the best skating we’d ever seen went down that day and it just got better when the snake session started. Riders were told they would be marked down for long runs so inevitably we saw some bangers in the last 5 minutes. Jesse took best trick with his flip lein disaster with other notable mentions being Matty’s body varial 540 and 720, Jake’s samba flip (kickflip-indy-fingerflip-indy) and Jim’s alley-oop one-footed f/s grind.
In the end, the top 3 positions were very much influenced by the points earned in that snake session. Jim Langran’s technical wizardry earned him 3rd place, Jesse Thomas’s speed, height and varial skills placed him second and Matty Carlisle’s massive 540 variations and flip combos put him in the top spot. Click here for A group full results
|Phone||01209 890 705|
|Address||Mount Hawke Skatepark
|Park entry||Sat: £10, Sun: FREE|
|Opening times||Sat: midday, Sun: 11am|
|Features||Two 19′ roll-ins, either end on one side|
Below is a guide to how the competition will be run based on past events. This is subject to change depending on number of riders and various other factors.