• James Kingston Wins 2012 Billabong City Squared Auckland

In a heated final that saw eight of New Zealand's finest skateboarders go head to head, James Kingston came out triumphant. Hot on his heels were fellow Cantabarian Jack Woodrow in fourth, South Auckland's Cameron King in second and Ohakune resident Dallas Marshall in third.

Jack Woodrow (4th), James Kingston (1st), Cam King (2nd) and Dallas Marshall (3rd).

The second annual Billabong City Squared occupied Auckland's Aotea Square where and all-time showdown took place. Battling with rain and wind skateboarders from all over New Zealand pushed the limits on the rail, ledge and quarterpipe set up. A last minute edition of a vert extension on the quarterpipe added another exciting element to the course.

James Kingston, backside Smith grind.

With an impending storm rolling in James Kingston landed trick after trick, most first try. With a backside Smith grind down the rail in the closing moments with a rain soaked landing securing him the win and $3000 in prize money.

Cam King, 360 flip.

Cam King stomped stylish switch and normal frontside flips, while Dallas Marshall kickflip noseslide the down ledge and general assaulted the stairs. Jack Woodrow took a refreshing approach with switch Smith grinds and switch backside 50-50s on the down ledges. Best trick went to Mitchell McCarthy with a kickflip backside lipslide down the rail.

It was an epic event with a massive turn out from Auckland's skate community and an impressive crowd of public and passersby who enjoyed the gnarly skateboard battle in downtown Auckland.

George Rowe, backside Smith grind.

The Billabong City Squared Skateboard Invitational is presented by Sony Ericsson with support from Monster Energy, Amazon Boardstore, The Edge, Von Zipper, Nixon, Manual Magazine and Skinny.

James Kingston, backside Smith grind.

Mike Bancroft, frontside tail block.

Mike Bancroft, lien to tail.

Sean Cupples, backside flip over the rail.

Mike Bancroft taking a shower. Careful not to get stabbed.

Final Results
1st James Kingston $3000
2nd Cameron King $1500
3rd Dallas Marshall $750
4th Jack Woodrow $500
5th Sean Cupples $250
6th Dan Kaspar $150
7th Simon Prakash $100
8th Mitchell McCarthy $75

Stay tuned for the any updates on the City Squared Melbourne coming soon!

Words Courtesy of manualmagazine.com /David Read