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Skateboarders boost concrete park plans

By Warren Wilkins 5th July 2017

Skateboarders boost concrete park plans
Action from the big day at Wooden Waves.

SKATEBOARDERS have given plans to build a concrete skate park facility in Newquay a boost after raising more than £1,500 at a fundraiser on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people attended ‘Cardboard to Concrete’ throughout the day to watch the talented skaters compete in a variety of categories including street, mini ramp, best trick and games of S.K.A.T.E.

Visitors also enjoyed live music performances from Steve Roberson, Harry Bird and Dalena Santana as well as a barbecue, face painting, a raffle and caricatures.

The under 16s mini ramp and street competitions were hotly contested demonstrating the high skill level of local skateboarders. Sol Hawkins was awarded first place in the under 16s mini ramp with Finley McCormick in second place and Jude Cross in third.

Jay Lentern triumphed in the under 16s street competition, Finley McCormick had to settle for runner up for a second time and Sol Hawkins came in third place. The under 16 best trick comp saw Jay Lentern take out first prize after pulling off a full Cabellero combined with a kickflip.

The open street and mini ramp competition saw skaters of all ages pull off their repertoire of tricks to impress the judges. Jake Sparham was awarded first place in the open mini ramp comp, Josh Rounding second and Joe Haddon third. The open street comp saw Joe Haddon adjudged the winner with Jake Sparham in second and Christian Watts in third. Jake Sparham also won the open best trick competition after completing an ollie fakie over the channel.

An after party fundraiser was held at On the Rocks in the evening, which was packed with revellers enjoying performances from DJ Cake, DJ True and local emcees.

The skaters chose the name Cardboard to Concrete for the fundraiser as the wooden ramps have become soft.

The money raised will be added to the £250,000 Newquay Town Council has towards the concrete skate park plans so far, which has mainly come from Section 106 developer payments to offset the impact of their developments. The authority is looking to generate a further £400,000 through a grant application to Sport England.

Dave Rickard who helped organise Cardboard to Concrete said: “The day went super smooth and brought together lots of happy faces and good times. There was a high standard of skateboarding and competitors came all the way from Plymouth to be there.

“We were also really lucky to have live acts like Steve Roberson, Harry Bird and Dalena Santana play for us for free. The event had lots of help from family and friends and we are really grateful for all they're hard work, none of this would of been possible without their help.

“After the event we went to an after party which was jam packed with lots of good people and good hip hip played from DJ Cake and DJ True with a few local emcees on the mics. The evening was the perfect way to end the night. I actually walked around asking for 20p's for the donation pocket and raised £100. Massive thank you to everyone involved and anyone that helped in any way at all.”

By Warren Wilkins 5th July 2017

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