TruckStop Sk8 owner Tony Chavez celebrates youth week with Ballina's skateboard community by organising a fun day of events for kids.
TruckStop Sk8 owner Tony Chavez celebrates youth week with Ballina's skateboard community by organising a fun day of events for kids. Amber Gibson

PHOTOS: Skate scene at an all time high

BALLINA skate park entertained the next generation of skaters at the annual Youth Week skateboarding meet up, with kids younger than seven jumping on a board.

Event organiser and owner of TruckStop Sk8, Tony Chavez said the day was about getting the community to the skate park to have some fun and improve their skills.

"We love it, the kids love it,” he said.

"The community is at an all time high, our skate school is pumping. I think the Olympics has something to do with it.”

The event held on Saturday drew a crowd of more than 60 participants starting with an under-7s group coaching lesson followed by a range of non-competitive skate activities.

"We do a tick tack race which is where you go back and forth on your skate board and you create speed without kicking,” Mr Chavez said.

"I have seen a significant change in the past 8 months in people interested in learning to skate.”

Mr Chavez also organises Australia's longest running skateboard competition, the Fair Go Skate Festival held at Ballina skate park each year.



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