POSSESSING the look, the long hair, eccentric tees and high socks, Travis Eastment and Coopar Smith could be mistaken as your average teens.

However, there's nothing average about this pair.

Travis, 14, and Coopar, 15, are two of Queensland's top scooters competing in the Australian Scooter Association competition next month.

The Rockhampton pair will head to Brisbane this weekend in preparation for the first round of competition at RampAttak on February 1.

"There are five qualifying rounds held over the next month at Brisbane and the Gold Coast," Travis said.

"The top point-scorers from the state's competition will progress to the Australian titles held on May 30."

 

Coopar Smith and Travis Eastment will compete against Queensland top scooters at the ASA next month. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Coopar Smith and Travis Eastment will compete against Queensland top scooters at the ASA next month. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

When they aren't at school, the dynamic duo will be at the local skate park practising aerial moves with the skill of professional riders twice their age.

"We do everything from back flips, to 360s, 420s and more," Travis said.

"We competed in the 'Active Out There' Grit scooter demo where we both impressed sponsors."

The youngsters are often found at the Rockhampton PCYC skate park flying through the air - perfecting the skills they learned watching YouTube videos.

"We are constantly improving and learning new tricks," Travis said.

"Our favourite riders are Ryan Williams, Dylan Morrison and Matty Ceravolo."

FLYING HIGH: Travis Eastment and Coopar Smith are often found flying through the air at the PCYC skatepark.
FLYING HIGH: Travis Eastment and Coopar Smith are often found flying through the air at the PCYC skatepark. Allan Reinikka

 

 

Best mates off the park, Travis and Coopar have had only one broken bone between them.

"We used to come down to the skate park as a bit of a muck around but the more we improved, the more competitive we got," Coopar said.

"Travis broke his ankle towards the end of last year but we've had more broken scooter parts than broken bones."

Coopar's mum, Sally Smith, knew her son had a special talent the moment he hopped on a scooter.

But it's not just family and friends who are impressed by the self-taught scooter whiz.

Crisp Scooters' Gary Beal, who sponsors Coopar, believes the youngster has the potential to make his professional team in the future.

Travis is another daredevil on Beal's watch list, receiving a sponsorship deal with his Grit Scooters team.

"The boys have been very fortunate with their sponsorship deals which save us hundreds of dollars in scooter gear, travel and accommodation fees," Sally said. "Rockhampton-based Wizac Ramps have also offered to build a few pieces for the boys to practice on."


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