Skaters enjoy a Fair Go at Ballina competition
USE of the park, consistency, style and variety of tricks were the criteria for judges at the Fair Go skateboarding competition at Missingham Skate Park on Saturday.
The Fair Go event was launched 15 years ago in the Ballina Fair Shopping Centre carpark with the purpose of prompting the construction of a skate park in the town.
Since then it has become the biggest competition of its kind on the Northern Rivers and draws up to 100 competitors each year and Saturday's event was another bumper affair.
Event organiser Richard Flude of Ownlife, the company behind this year's event, said a particular focus of the day was promoting skateboarding as an activity in regional areas.
"The day was really awesome. It kind of felt like Fair Go got back to its roots with a lot of local involvement and a large proportion of locals winning," Mr Flude said.
"Ultimately the aim was to share skateboarding and bring people together and have a good time."
Judges at this year's event included Tony Chavez, owner of Truckstop Skate store in Ballina, well-known Alstonville skater Adam Doors and Brisbane-based skateboarding filmmaker and photographer Matt Hooker.
While the weather conditions were unsettled, the competition was fierce, including in the junior division where eight-year-old Newcastle skater Rome Collyer impressed.
"I've done heaps of other comps before but this is my first time at Fair Go," he said.
"I've been skating for four and a half years."
"I just want to skate for the rest of my life. I want to keep getting better and better and have more fun."
Rome's father, Ben Collyer, a keen surfer originally from Lennox Head, watched from the sidelines.
"We're all pretty heavy surfers but Rome never really liked the water as much as he liked the concrete that's why he got into skateboarding," Mr Collyer said.
"It's amazing, he can drop-in from a 14ft wall of concrete but won't drop-in on a one foot wave."
Female: Tenille from Robina
Juniors: Rome Collyer from Newcastle
Opens: Isaac Roxburgh from Evans Head
Sponsored: Blake Harris from Murwillumbah