Skate­board­ing and fes­ti­val a good mix

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BERNIE GRIF­FIN

Porirua made such a suc­cess of the na­tional skate­board cham­pi­onships last year, it’s been given the job again.

The event will be held at Te Rau­paraha Park on Wai­tangi Day, Fe­bru­ary 6, in con­junc­tion with the all-day Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

Or­gan­iser Joel Mid­dle­miss said be­ing given the cham­pi­onships for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year en­dorsed Porirua as a class act.

‘‘Porirua is right up there with the best in the coun­try,’’ he said. ‘‘We have a great skatepark, a group of lo­cal board­ers with huge po­ten­tial, the support and back­ing of the com­mu­nity and the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments. The whole thing is awe­some.’’

He said some spon­sors prob­a­bly treated last year as a trial run for Porirua’s lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘Spon­sors need to know they’re go­ing to get some­thing back for their money, but they’re all happy with what we achieved last year and are pre­pared to support us again.’’

The cham­pi­onships will at­tract some of the best board­ers from around the coun­try and even some from over­seas.

Among lo­cal rid­ers ex­pected to do well are Dan Popata, Mitch Jago and Ash­ley Smith.

‘‘It’s great to see the growth and po­ten­tial in New Zealand skate­board­ing and to have it show­cased right here in Porirua,’’ Mid­dle­miss said.

He also paid trib­ute to the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has played a large part in mak­ing it pos­si­ble.

‘‘The fes­ti­val is its own suc­cess story and is the big­gest Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tion in the coun­try.

‘‘It sup­ports us and al­lows us to merge with their cel­e­bra­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re grate­ful for that and for the buzzing at­mos­phere the fes­ti­val pro­vides.

‘‘It couldn’t be bet­ter.’’

Photo: DAVID READ

Top ac­tion:

Skate­board king Ash­ley Smith will be re­turn­ing for another crack at the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

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