FAIR GO 2012: Ian ‘Eithy’ Davidson does a frontside invert.
FAIR GO 2012: Ian ‘Eithy’ Davidson does a frontside invert. Richard Flude

Rivals set to do battle in Fair Go skateboard competition

SKATEBOARDERS of all ages are ready to battle it out for $3000 cash and prizes in the 14th annual Fair Go skateboard competition at Ballina's Missingham Skate Park tomorrow.

Event manager Richard Flude said the Fair Go Ballina competition was the oldest running skateboard event in Australia and entry was free.

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He said Skateboarding Australia ran skating hubs at skate parks around the country throughout the year, providing young up-and-comers the chance to hone their skills to compete in Fair Go competitions.

"Fair Go is a celebration of this vibrant skate culture, giving beginners a chance to showcase their new skills, and more experienced riders the chance to battle it out for the top spot," he said.

"People travel from Port Macquarie to all the way up on the Sunshine Coast to congregate in Ballina, which makes it like an end-of-year party."

Mr Flude said last year's competition was amazing, with 100 skaters performing technical tricks including hammers, grinds, slides, airs and inverts.

"Grab a couple of your buddies and make a road trip out of it.

"With $3000 in cash and prizes there is plenty to be won, and if last year is anything to go by it will be a hell of a fun day with loads of amazing skating going down."

Mr Flude said the competition was not open to professional skaters.

"There are girls, juniors, opens and sponsored divisions, plus a cash-grab bowl jam to top it off.

"There is $1000 prize money in the sponsored division with $500 for first prize, $500 up for grabs for the best tricks in the bowl jam, and $1500 in prizes for the other categories."

Registration and practice opens at 8.30am, with the girls' heat starting at 9am.

For more information visit sba.org.au.

Important details

What: Fair Go Ballina Skateboard Competition

When: Saturday from 8.30am

Where: Missingham Skate Park, Ballina

Divisions: Girls, juniors (under 14), opens (14 and over) and sponsored.

Entry: Free

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