Keanu Peina Wins the Aus and NZ ticket for Make It Count 2017!
One by one, the Element Make It Count finalists arrived on the Gold Coast; a perfect winter’s day, sun and blue sky.
The Element Australia and New Zealand skate teams lead by Team Manager’s Leigh Bolton and Scott Lai had a crew of over 15 skaters who welcomed Rowan Davis (Newcastle), Adam Davies (Melbourne), Keanu Peina (Perth), Cody Riley (Sydney) and Matthieu Lucas (Christchurch) into the Element family.
Welcome drinks started at the Element head office in Burleigh before the new team ventured to the Precinct Skate Shop for the overall Make It Count decider – who would win the all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona!
The lights went out and the invite only crowd watched each finalist’s 1minute video of their best street footage.
Trent Fahey, owner of Slam Magazine was there and he could not believe the talent of the next generation. 'The overall level of skateboarding in the clips submitted was really impressive. It would've been a tough gig narrowing down the final five' said Trent.
Element Pro Dennis Durrant took a moment to write the well-deserved name on the Make It Count winner’s check. Each finalist stood waiting for the announcement with their backs to some of the most iconic decks with the best names in skating.
It was time. After 10 weeks of online competition, and over 50 video entries from skaters across Australia and New Zealand, The Element team’s unanimous decision, was Keanu Peina!
With a smile from ear to ear, Keanu the 19year old from Perth won the all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to film a street part with the Element Pro team. A trip of a lifetime! He will also receive Element boards for a year, joining the local flow team.
Thank you to Trent Bonham from Precinct Skate Shop for hosting the Element Make It Count finals event.
The regional #elementmakeitcount results are now all in! Six street skaters from all over the globe have been chosen to spend a week filming in the streets in September with the @Elementbrand team.
YOU, the public, will vote to see who wins Element sponsorship!
Congratulations to your 2017 global finalists!
Keanu Penui - Australia -
John Pankus - USA - @Johpanku
Ryo Motohashi - Japan - @Ryomotohashi
Raphael Detienne - Europe - @Fistule_
Marcio Roberto - Brazil - @mrobertoskt
Brandon Valjalo - South Africa - @Brands_valjalo