ON THE EDGE: Finalist Brock Midgley “grinds” along the top of a modified van during the titles.
ON THE EDGE: Finalist Brock Midgley “grinds” along the top of a modified van during the titles. Dale Travers

Inline skating still popular

INLINE skaters flocked from interstate to compete in the Queensland Inline Titles in Miami on Saturday.

Intermittent bursts of rain threatened to stop the competition, but the undeterred skaters used obstacles at Pizzey Park to demonstrate their high-flying skills and indifference to danger.

Organisers brought in additional obstacles for the competition, including a jump ramp skaters used to launch themselves onto a modified van covered in street art.

Organiser Gerard Ahrens said the competition that attracted more than 100 skaters was a success.

But he said the $50 competition fee, that included insurance, was probably too high for some of the younger skaters.

“We’ve got to work on that,” he said.

Eventual competition winner, Kieran Deans took home $1000 in prize money.

The 24-year-old Brisbane skater said he was impressed with the level of skating he saw at the competition.

“Probably the best this country’s ever seen,” Mr Deans said.

“The best comp that’s ever been thrown down in Australia.”

Canberra inline skater of 13 years, Shane Onus, was fortunate, or unfortunate, to win the “stack of the day”.

He received a carton of beer for his effort.

“I took skin off the elbows and knees. I’m sore as hell mate,” he said.

“But the beer helped wash away the pain.”



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