IN ITS 13th year, the Fair Go skateboard festival is being ramped up a notch.
This year's competition, to be held at the Ballina skatepark on Saturday, October 20, is being organised by the Northern Rivers Hub, which is part of Skateboarding Australia.
Hub manager, Dylan McNamara, said it was expected more than 100 skaters will compete in the event, including the likes of sponsored skaters, former Ballina man Scott Standley and Lismore's Blake Harris.
The Fair Go event began as a protest calling for Ballina Shire Council to build a skatepark.
The skatepark was built, and the competition has continued, with various organisers.
The last few events were put together by a community committee, with support from council.
But this year the council decided to hand over the competition to Skateboarding Australia.
Mr McNamara said that move will build on the past success and great reputation of the event.
He said now the competition comes under the wing of Skateboarding Australia, skaters in far-flung parts of the country will increasingly recognise it as an endorsed competition.
While there will be an opportunity for the crowd to see some top skating action, there also is the opportunity for youngster to win great prizes. There are categories for boys and girls, and entry is free.
There is a prize pool of $5000 for the higher divisions, including the rail jam and the bowl jam.
Competitors can register from 8.30am.