Skaters turn on the ritz at Caba

A 300-strong crowd at Cabarita's Beachside Skate Comp was treated to a “sick” display of skating skills on Saturday, from talented juniors through to open professionals.

Event co-ordinator Marg Connors said this year's competition showed some exceptional skating skills and she has called for Tweed Shire Council to complete the Cabarita Skate Bowl so those skills can be taken even further.

“The comp went really, really well; we had a similar crowd and number of contestants as last year,” Mrs Connors said.

“We had a very high level of skating on Saturday, with a lot of hot, up-and-coming young guys.

“If we could just get the skate park extended we would attract a lot more professional skaters.”

Organisers of the competition had to bring in everything, from toilets, to lighting, a generator and even barbecues.

Mrs Connors said that with a park upgrade, the Beachside Skate Comp could be one of the top events of its kind on the Tweed and Gold Coast.

The first stage of the present park was completed five years ago, and Mrs Connors said she was keenly waiting for Council to start construction on the three remaining stages.

“There is a big need for the skate park to be completed, with the facilities upgraded,” Mrs Connors said.

Skaters came from across New South Wales and Queensland to compete, and the annual event was dominated by out-of-towners.

Shayne Phie of Terranora was the only local to take out an age division, winning the under-14 section.

Joey Cormack of Suffolk Park took out the under-12s; Jakob Robinson of Ballina won the under-15s; Brodie Jarrett of Ballina came out on top of the under-18s and Mi- ami man Steven Humphries won the open division.

Pharside Skate Shop won the battle of the Tweed skate shops in the Super Jam, scored by two judges and popular vote from the crowd.

Ballina's Jakob Robinson is no doubt a star of the future - the 11-year-old not only took out the under-16 division, but came third in the open event.

The competition is run by Pottsville's Beachside Church, which also runs an outreach at the skate park each Wednesday at 5pm

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