HE’S FLYING: Australian Skateboarding’s Ivan Vargas executes a 360 flip.
HE’S FLYING: Australian Skateboarding’s Ivan Vargas executes a 360 flip. Contributed

Learn to trick your ride at Emerald Skate Park

FOUR professional skateboarders will exhilarate local children with flips, twists, kicks and tricks this weekend at the Emerald Skate Park.

Donny Fraser and his board-master mates Matt Hill, Aaron Cooper and Ivan Vargas are holding a clinic as part of the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative.

"It's a real interesting one," Fraser said.

"You've got a lot of great skate parks in the area that aren't being utilised."

Their goal is to get young people into skating and provide a creative outlet for their youthful energy.

"It can be hard to find things to do," Fraser said.

"They get to see some professionals too."

Thanks to LDE Blackwater, Route 66 Emerald and Central Highlands council, the skaters will also bring along helmets, boards and other equipment to leave in the region so more skaters can do regular clinics in future.

"It's something that can continue long afterwards," Fraser said.

"We've put a whole heap of equipment in the area - it's a lot more affordable to get these guys out.

"It just makes it a whole lot easier for everybody involved."

The clinic runs on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am both days.

The first day of the clinic will include coaching and demonstrations.

Day two the skateboarders will conduct skills workshops and run a competition for all the children, with lots of prizes.

Fraser said all their clinics grew more popular day-on-day, citing one recently in Goondiwindi.

"The first time we went there, there were six kids. Then there were 60 the second time, and eventually 150," he said.


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