Some of the extreme action from UX09 at the Gympie Skate Park.
Some of the extreme action from UX09 at the Gympie Skate Park. Contributed

Skate Park ready for extreme UX10

IF watching guys back flip BMXs, seeing skateboarders getting air and witnessing plenty of spills are your ideas of fun, the Gympie Skate Park is the place to be Saturday afternoon when the UX10 extreme skateboard and BMX competition blasts off.

The event is an initiative of the Gympie Regional Council, and Youth and Community Development officer Matt Allard said the event was about getting kids outdoors and active.

Allard said there would be three disciplines of extreme sport on show at the competition.

“There are skateboards, BMXs and other wheeled devices like scooters and rip sticks.”

Judges from the crowd will critique the athletes on three elements of their run including skill, style and fear factor.

There will be two categories instead of age divisions. First there is the thrasher category for top riders and the beginner category for youths just starting out.

Last year the event drew 120 people to the skate park, and Allard expects at least that many again this year.

“It is a pretty spectacular event. There are some really good riders out there,” he said.

Registration is 2.30pm, and the action starts at 3pm.

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