Coolum skater named top in Australia
MANY an afternoon frittered away on his skateboard has paid off for Coolum's Jackson Pilz, who has been named Australian Skater of the Year.
The title was bestowed by skate magazine Slam Skateboarding in recognition of a breakthrough 12 months for the 25-year-old.
Jackson started 2016 by making the team of enjoi skateboards and touring Australia's east coast with fellow team mates Ben Raemers and Caswell Berry.
He then headed to the United States with some of his Australian mates to film for the skate movie Holy Stokes! A real life happening.
Although he did not have a time of time for filming, he came through with what has been described as awesome footage.
Another achievement was making a kickflip over a full size fence - the feat was named Kickflip of the Year by the Street League competition series.
Jackson is currently away for a competition and was not available to talk to the Daily.
But the year reads like a dream come true for a boy whose dream was to become a professional skate and travel with his sport.
Nine years ago, when he was still at high school, Jackson told the Daily he spent about three hours a day skating after school.
"There isn't really any competition when it comes to choosing whether I study or skate," he said.
Jackson got his first skateboard as a birthday present when he was five years old and "loved it right away".
After a few years, he began entering competitions and picked up his first sponsor, Billabong, when he was 12 or 13. He has been on the books of Volcom for the last four years.
"I was stoked someone wanted to sponsor me and at that point I couldn't have cared less about much else other than skating," he told the Daily in 2008.
At the time, he said he preferred street skating to vert, which involves using a ramp to gain height for tricks, but it is his street riding that is catching attention.
But his high-flying efforts lifting over walls, fences and railings show that he he still has a liking for flying high.