Skaters finally get a Fair Go
FINALLY the sun gave skaters a fair go last Saturday, when about 80 of them competed in the annual Fair Go skateboarding festival at the skatepark.
The event was scheduled to be held the weekend end before, but rain led to its postponement. An organiser, Paul Scharka from Truck Stop SK8 in Ballina, said the postponement meant competitor numbers were down.
A man and his two sons had travelled from New Zealand to be in Ballina the weekend before, but had to return home, as did other skaters from Sydney and Newcastle.
But Paul said the organising committee was ‘stoked’ with the final result, considering the impact the weather – both the rain and last Saturday’s winds – had on the event.
Meanwhile, Chris Walker won the Open Men’s event, with Brisbane’s James Steuurman coming second – even though he broke his leg in the rail jam final and had to be taken by ambulance to hospital with compound fractures.
Ballina’s Brodie Jarrett came third.
No locals were placed in the 16-and-under and 13-and-under categories, or the Open Women’s.
But Alstonville’s Adam Dawes won the Sponsored division, with well-known Ballina skater Scott Standley coming fifth.
Dawes and Ballina’s Simon Carven cleaned up in the rail jam, with cash awarded for tricks, and Ballina’s Jakob Robinson scored well in the bowl jam along with Jesse Noonan and Jackson Pilz from the Gold Coast.
Mr Scharka said the event will be on next year, and is hopeful for better weather.