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Search For Young Boarders & Bikers

31 October 2003
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Search For Young Boarders & Bikers

If you’d like to be hot shot at ollies, kick flips, tail whips and seat grabs, then Vodafone is extremely keen to hear from you.

It is looking for five skateboarders and five BMX riders from around the country.

From the top 10, the public will choose one winner from each discipline who will spend a week in Auckland learning tricks of the trade from the best skaters and riders in the land.

The competition, called Extreme Close Up, is being launched to celebrate Vodafone’s sponsorship of New Zealand extreme sports, including national skateboarding supremo Chey Ataria, BMX stars Team Haro and the Vodafone X-Air which is held in Hamilton each February.

“We know there are some amazingly talented kids out there who can perform incredible feats on their boards and bikes,” said Vodafone spokesperson Lynley Kirk-Smith.

“This is their chance to show what they can really do and demonstrate their skills to the nation.”

Extreme Close Up is open to anyone over 12 year of age - all entrants have to do is send in a video of themselves doing their best BMX or skate trick.

The top five from each sport will be shown on Vodafone XSTV with viewers asked to txt vote for their favourites.

The winning BMXer and skater will then spend a week in Auckland with riders from Team Haro and Chey Ataria, picking up tips to further improve their skills.

In addition, each winner will receive a backstage "competitors" pass to X-Air in February 2004, with everyone who enters going in the draw to win one of eight Vodafone live! handsets.

Extreme Close Up opens on 27 October and entrants have until 28 November to send their videos to Extreme Close Up Competition, Freepost Vodafone, Private Bag 92161, Auckland.

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About Vodafone

Vodafone New Zealand Ltd is part of Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile community, with more than 123 million proportionate customers worldwide. The company has equity interests in 26 countries over five continents and Partner Networks in a further nine countries.

At as March 2003 Vodafone New Zealand has more than 1,288,000 customers on its fully digital network providing coverage to 97 per cent of the population.


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