Skaters test their skills
By ANDY PARKS
JOEY CORMACK started skating when the Suffolk Park skate park opened just down the road from his home last year.
On Saturday, the nine-year-old competed at the Fair Go skateboarding competition in Ballina, along with over 100 other skaters.
Competing in the under-13 category, Joey did a 'roast beef', a 'boneless' and 'aired the spine' in his allocated two minutes.
While the terminology might sound like another language to non-skaters, the tricks are all part of the arsenal required to catch the judges' eye.
Joey didn't make it through to the finals, but he said he had fun and would try again next year.
This is the ninth year of the Fair Go competition, which had its humble beginnings in the car park of the Ballina Fair Shopping Centre back in 1999.
It has since grown to be the biggest skateboarding competition in the region.
According to organiser Tammy Dibble, from the Ballina District Community Services Association, locals were joined by competitors from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Coffs Harbour and Taree.
She said the biggest change this year was making the event 'waste wise', with lots of recycling stations and an education trailer.
According to Tammy, the day ran smoothly, apart from broken glass found on the skate bowl at 6.30am.
First prize of $500 cash for the open category went to Damion Brown in the men's and Olivia Gray in the women's. The open sponsored division was won by Woody Butwilowsky and the veteran pair was won by father and son team Sean and Dylan Kay. U/13 winner was Jakob Robinson and the U/16 Justin Carriage.