Uninats 2014 - Sydney Northern Beaches - October 3rd-6th 2014

AUS Uninats 2014 is definitely on from October 3rd-6th 2014.

This news has been circulated but has scrolled off the front page already, so this is just a reminder in case you were wondering or need to confirm.

Venues are still being finalised, but the action will centre around the Sydney Northern Beaches as the event is being hosted by Northern Beaches Unicycle Club and organised by Charlie and his team.

Put the date in your diary - registrations will open once the venues (and therefore costs) are finalised.

This is Labour Day Holiday Long Weekend in some states, and usually also the finals of some football thing or other - you'll get over it...

 

Video of the Month - June

This video displays trick creativity that has rarely been seen since the early days of Spencer Hochberg (look him up, you're welcome).

Filmed and edited by Eli Brill this video includes new tricks as well as massive tricks like the 1260 degree unispin and miracle whip.

Many flatland videos are available on Brill's channel so check it out for some beautiful edits.
http://tinyurl.com/EliBrillVideos

AUHL3 - Northern Beaches

While some people were breaking out the cake to celebrate the Queens birthday, a horde of unicyclists were meeting to celebrate the sport of Unicycle Hockey.

This competition saw the addition of a new team to the competition in the NBUC Pirates as well as a scratch team, the Newtown Sloths. With well over 50 riders AUHL3 was the biggest tournament held so far.

Nine teams took part in the tournament which involved two pools and finals.

SWS Wombats were undefeated to finish top of pool A with NBUC Stingrays replicating this feat in pool B. The final saw SWS Wombats defeat the NBUC Stingrays 7-9 in an action packed game with many skilled goals.

The SWS Vikings who were the previous tournament champions took third place.

1st - SWS Wombats
2nd - NBUC Stingrays
3rd - SWS Vikings

First half of the final in which Stingrays led 5-4. Wombats came home strong to win 7-9

Video of the Month - May

"The only sport I know where it is an achievement just to get on the court" just about sums up unicycle hockey.

This video shows the fast paced game of unicycle hockey and the skills riders possess to get that little green ball around the court and into the goal.

With the Australian Unicycle Hockey League (www.hockey.unicycling.org.au/) increasing to eight teams and holding its next tournament in just over a week it's a great time to get into unicycle hockey if you haven't already.

An Unusual Game from Peter Searle on Vimeo.

Australian Unicycle Hockey League Canberra Tournament

Second tournament of the year completed. 

Canberra hosted their first tournament for the newly formed Australian Unicycle Hockey League (AUHL) over the weekend.

Teams that took part in the competition were the Canberra Bushrangers, SWS Wombats, NBUC Stingrays, NBUC Riptides, North Canberra Roos, Newtown Zombies, and SWS Vikings.

Though only the second tournament of the year, it was clear from first bully off that all teams had improved since the competition a month before.

The previous tournament winners, South-West Sydney Wombats, found themselves with many tough games as teams aimed up in an attempt to shut down their players. They played well to grind out enough wins to take second place.

The Stingrays from the Northern Beaches managed to pull their team together after seventh spot in the previous tournament. Focusing their aggression on winning games instead of fighting with each other on court, they managed to keep it together to take third place.

The clear stars of the tournament were the South-West Sydney Vikings who despite fielding a four man side pillaged their way to tournament champions. Through skilled passing and excellent court coverage they shut out enough opposing teams to take the top spot.

It was great to see that many teams outside of the top three managed draws with teams on the podium. This showed that the level of unicycle hockey in Australia is improving rapidly with many teams dedicating more time to team practice and skills sessions. This recent improvement in Australian hockey is most likely due to the newly formed AUHL.

Video of the Month - April

You know when the sign says "3 have died! Walk bikes", there will be some technical riding.

A well shot video showing some very extreme trails at Moab Munifest in southeastern Utah. The two day mountain unicycling festival concluded on March 23 last month and this video was released soon after.

Keen eyes will recognise many well known mountain and trial riders throughout.

Munifest Moab 2014 #GoPro from LS3 Aerial on Vimeo.

Video of the Month - March

A new seventeen-minute video has been released featuring current World Flatland and EUC Street Champion Krisz Kovács and EUC Trials Champion Márk Fábián.

"This Fire" contains footage filmed over the last two years and was edited by "Sinco", a household name in extreme unicycling.

Sit back and enjoy some skilled street, flatland and trials, filmed against an amazing European backdrop.

 

this fire from sinco on Vimeo.

Photos and Videos

Here is a collection of all the stories, videos and public photos we know about for APUC/Uninats 2013.

If you have photos or videos we can add here, send details to aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au (the editor) or contact us. Either links or reasonably sized attachments are fine.

The best video and the best photo of APUC/Uninats 2013 (as judged by the Uninats13 organising comittee) that is received before Feb 14th will win a $50 voucher from Unicycle.com AU!

Videos

Uninats 2013 Street/Flat Video - Isaac Conyers

UniNats 2013 from Isaac Conyers on Vimeo.

Uninats 2013 Playlist - Hippo Unicycles - 10 Videos

Uninats 2013 - unicycleking

2 Unicycle Hockey Teams to represent Australia at APUC 2103

Two teams have been selected to represent Australia at this years Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships in Canberra. The teams were chosen by a selection panel. The teams, whose names are still to be revealed are;

Charles Allum - NBUC
Ashley Curtis - Revesby
Luke Hilderbraat - Revesby
Tom Lambert - Canberra
Jamey Mossengren - NBUC
Nic Vevers - Canberra

Cris Bailiff - Sydney
Nic Ballantyne - Revesby
Cameron Blight - Revesby
Ryan Chadwick - Sydney
Luke Machon - NBUC
Shane Machon - NBUC
Matt Price - Sydney

Congratulations to all of the above mentioned people. In the case of unavailability, please notify us, and a replacement will be selected.

You will be contacted in regards to training details shortly.

Regards,
Ashley Curtis

Newcastle unicyclist looking for other riders

If you are a Newcastle rider, there's a new unicyclist in town by the name of Chris. He would like to meet up with other riders. If you want to connect, please email the AUS newsletter editor at: aus_newsletter [at] unicycling [dot] org [dot] au

APUC/Uninats 2013 Timetable

UniNats 2013, hosting the 4th Asia Pacific Unicycle Championships (APUC) 2013 - will be held in Canberra ACT from the 12-16th December, brought to you by the AUS and the ACT Unicycle Riders Society.

The detailed event timetable is available on the ACTURS Uninats + APUC website

Help Samuel Johnson on his 15,000KM "Love Your Sister" unicycle ride for Breast Cancer

Samuel Johnson, well known the Australian actor, is setting off on February 15th on a marathon 15,000 KM unicycle ride around Australia, to raise $1 Million for breast cancer.

Samuel has contacted the AUS to invite all Australian unicyclists to join in and help out with this mammoth ride, which is going to take him a year to complete!

Here's what Samuel has to say to all unicycle riders:

Hello!

My name is Samuel Johnson. My sister has terminal breast cancer.

She is the mother of two beaut boys and as such is keen for me to help her remind every mum in the land to be breast aware.

How? Well, starting on the 15th of February, 2013 I will ride my unicycle around the entire country, hitting up hundreds of communities and every capital city.

We are officially attempting to break the Guinness world-record for longest distance traveled on a one-wheeler (15,000 kms) and are proud of our lofty aim to raise $1 million for the Garvan Research Foundation.

Kris Holm gives talk about unicycling

Extreme unicyclist, Kris Holm, recently spoke about the sport at FEAT (Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks), an annual evening of presentations by adventure sportspeople. Check out what he had to say: http://www.featcanada.ca/2013/07/kris-holm-mountains-and-unicycles/

North American Unicycling Convention and Championships 2013

US unicyclists recently held their North American Unicycling Convention and Championships. There are loads of videos circulating on YouTube about the event. Here's one compilation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9djGzZuXZY
but also check out the high jump (highest jump cleared 125 cm!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZCgPKSI7Bc

2013 NZ Unicycle Nationals

For Aussies needing a prelude to Uninats in December - the NZ Unicycle Nationals are happening in October, in Dargaville. There'll be high jump, long jump, muni, street rides, hockey games and more. Find more info on the Facebook Event Page http://www.facebook.com/events/153656898139295/

When: 25 Oct 2013 to 28 Oct 2013