Skaters strut their stuff

Dan Kelcher (15), of Christchurch, takes it to the edge. Photos by James Beech.
Dan Kelcher (15), of Christchurch, takes it to the edge. Photos by James Beech.
Ashley Low (16), of Dunedin.
Ashley Low (16), of Dunedin.
Frenchman Etienne Veggot prepares for a hard landing during the best trick competition on the...
Frenchman Etienne Veggot prepares for a hard landing during the best trick competition on the waterfall feature.
Taryn Lockley (18), of Invercargill.
Taryn Lockley (18), of Invercargill.
Cool Wakushima (10), of Queenstown, earned applause for her skill in the bowl as well as for...
Cool Wakushima (10), of Queenstown, earned applause for her skill in the bowl as well as for being one of the youngest entrants and one of the few girls in the Summer Sk8 Sesh.
Wakatipu band the Collective Me (from left) Yuki Brown, Josh Baldey, Dion Birch-Thompson, Matt...
Wakatipu band the Collective Me (from left) Yuki Brown, Josh Baldey, Dion Birch-Thompson, Matt Hill and Alex Fraser rocked their original songs at the Sk8 Sesh. They are on the bill at Summerdaze Festival's Entertainment on the Green on Friday evening.
Todd Wilkins, of Wanaka, was judged best overall skateboarder on Saturday and won prizes...
Todd Wilkins, of Wanaka, was judged best overall skateboarder on Saturday and won prizes including a trophy, a new deck and $200 cash.

More than 20 skateboarders from throughout the lower half of the South Island impressed judges and spectators with their grinds, twists, flips and ollies at the 2013 Summer Sk8 Sesh in the Queenstown Gardens.

Despite rain delaying the start on Saturday, the annual skateboarding institution attracted a dozen under-16 contenders and 11 over-16 challengers. Todd Wilkins (11), of Wanaka, was hailed the best overall skateboarder by the four judges and took home a newly created trophy, skateboard gear and $200 of the $250 pot provided by NZONE Skydive.

Todd's twin brother Blair was the under-16 winner and Etienne Veggot (23) was the over-16 winner.

Kallan Stevens scored the highest ollie, at 82cm, while Taryn Lockley performed the best trick at the waterfall feature of the skate park. Dan Kelcher won the bowl round.

All won vouchers and skateboard merchandise.

Summer holiday programmeThe Youth Booth launched its week-long summer holiday programme with the Sk8 Sesh and announced last week

more activities for young people, on three Saturdays later this year.

A day at Frankton Beach will involve beach volleyball, water tennis, beach cricket, water skiing and boarding and socialising on February 16.

The first 3-on-3 basketball competition will be held on the Lake Hayes Estate courts, with prizes to be won, on March 16.

Musos can jam and either bring their band or start a new one in ''the garage'' on April 13.

Visit or contact the Stanley St centre for more details.

 

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