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Vic Recap | Noah Nayef has just been crowned the Australian Make It Count Winner!

After three months, over two hundred skaters, six competitions, four states and two countries; the Element Make It Count regional finals kicked off in Geelong at The Park on Saturday 20th of August.

The rain came down as the indoor parked was set up for the perfect street skating arena and welcomed regional finalists from New Zealand, Adelaide, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Victoria.

The 13 and under division was first, followed by the Victorian Opens and then the Regional Finals.

Local Melbourne skater Digby was on the mic and the judging panel involved Element Pro Dennis Durrant and Element team riders Nathan Jackson, Sam Atkins and Mitch Morrison.

The last stop on the Make It Count series saw some of the best talent from all over. Local skaters from Melbourne and Geelong undeniably put on a show. Each competitor had ten minutes in a jam style format to do their best tricks based on difficulty, creativity and overall impression.

Maninja from Sydney backed up a second win, taking out the 13 and under title after securing 1st place only recently at the Make It Count Sydney competition a few weeks back.

The Opens competition was the last opportunity to qualify for the regional finals. 3 10 minute heats ran with 5 skaters per heat though Noah Nayef from Sydney was the stand out contender and took 1st place and a secured spot in the Regional Finals.

Finally the event everyone was waiting for; The Regional Finals. In the Final there was qualifier Noah Nayef from Sydney, Chase Jaeger from the Gold Coast, Justin Edwards from Adelaide, Ryder Lawson from Sydney and Mitch McCarthy and Lenard Tejada from New Zealand. A huge talent pool all eager for the winning title. The winner of regional final will win a spot at the global finals: an all expenses paid street skating trip to barcelona to film a video part to be released on The Berrics. The public will then vote on which finalist wins an Element sponsorship. Everyone dropped hammers in the finals but Noah Nayef was the man to come out on top dropping a 270 boardslide down the 9 stair set.

Noah is 14 years of age and is the youngest regional finalist in the entire Element Make It Count series worldwide. He will be joining 22 other finalists in September and the Element Pro team for a trip of a lifetime!

Element encouraged all contestants to donate one can of food to enter the Make It Count competition. By the end of the day, the box was full and it was donated to the Homeless shelter in Melbourne City.


Competition Results:

Overall Make It Count Australia / New Zealand winner:

1st Noah Nayef (Sydney)


Regional Finalist

1st Noah Nayef (Sydney)

2nd Chase Jaeger (Gold Coast)

3rd Ryder Lawson (Sydney)

4th Mitch McCarthy (Auckland New Zealand)

5th Lenard Tejada (Auckland New Zealand)

6th Justin Edwards (Adelaide)


Opens:

1st Noah Nayef (Sydney)

2nd Brad Saunders (Melbourne)

3rd Paddy McEvoy (Geelong)

4th Woody Butwilowsky (St Kilder)


13 and Under

1st Maninja (Sydney)

2nd Ross Rogan-Green (Perth)

3rd Jake McDonough (Geelong)

4th Julian Mansfield (Melbourne)