Shari Lawson takes to the bowl in the Fair Go Skateboarding competition in Ballina on Saturday.
Shari Lawson takes to the bowl in the Fair Go Skateboarding competition in Ballina on Saturday. JAY CRONAN

Fair Go Festival a smooth ride

WHEN Fair Go Skateboarding Festival entrant Shem Brag dropped in on Saturday it wasn't just for tea and biscuits.

The Ballina boy hurtled himself off the edge of Ballina's Missingham Skate Park to showcase his freestyle tricks just like the world-class Ballina skaters before him.

“It's sick,” said Mr Brag of the skate park which has fostered the likes of world-class skateboarding pro Scott Standly.

According to event organiser Paul Scharka, this year's competition was the first time Ballina Shire Council auspiced the event and apart from what police described as 'a few street problems afterwards', it was a smooth ride.

The Fair Go Skateboarding Festival started 10 years ago as an agitation campaign for Ballina Shire Council to erect a new world-class skate park which was built two years later.

“We're celebrating the amazing talent that has come out of Ballina since the park was built,” Mr Scharka said.

Blake Harris, from Murwillumbah, scored $2000 in the sponsored Skateboarding category, while Ballina boy Simon Carven took out the Under-16 division.

The highlight of the event came from 11-year-old Ballina prodigy Jakob Robinson who won a sky-diving prize for getting the biggest 'air' of the day. “There's no way I'd be that good if it wasn't for Ballina's skate park.”



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