TRICKS-A-TREAT: Don’t miss Drawing Boards, a team of young professional skateboarders performing at the Gympie Show.
TRICKS-A-TREAT: Don’t miss Drawing Boards, a team of young professional skateboarders performing at the Gympie Show. Contributed

Eye-candy ramped up for Show

IF you know your nollie backside heelflips from your backside smith grinds than you won’t want to miss Drawing Boards, a dynamic Australian professional team of young skateboarders making their debut appearance at the Gympie Show.

Drawing Boards has grown from a one-man backyard operation to a nationally distributed skateboard brand boasting some of the finest young skateboarders in the country.

A purpose-built ramp is being constructed at the Gympie showgrounds to display their talents.

Donny Fraser of Drawing Boards Skateboards said the show would have a little bit of everything.

“There’ll be plenty of eye-candy,” he said. “And people will see how versatile the sport is.”

The young skateboarders heading to Gympie are Flynn Bundy, Ivan Vargas, Darth, Jack Ward, Chris Baldwin, Mat Hardingham and Donny.

Their performances are designed to appeal to everyone, not just skateboard enthusiasts.

Drawing Boards encourages new people to take up skateboarding, gives the audience something to talk about after the show, and helps build a positive reputation for the sport that, Donny said, has occasionally copped a bad rap in the past.

He said it’s a fact that many top skateboarders come from small regional towns, where “there’s not even enough kids to make up a football team”.

It’s often the perfect scenario for building skills in the sport, because all they need is a skateboard and a park and away they go.

“They do it every chance they get. There’s always something new to learn and it keeps them out of trouble,” he said.

While Donny admitted it’s helpful to have good natural balance to begin with, it’s that first step on to a board that is the most challenging part.

“Anyone can do it,” he said.

“I know of skateboarders from five to 52. The beginning is the hardest; just relax your body and the board will follow your weight.”

See Drawing Boards at the Gympie District Show on Saturday, May 15 at 11am, 1pm and 3.45pm in front of the grandstand.

Gympie Times


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