The Skate Jam was a chance to check out the new improved skate park at Dudley Park in Rangiora, on Sunday, July 17, and around 150 people of all ages turned out to watch the action, Waimakariri District Council acting youth co-ordinator Leanne Bayler says.
‘‘The weather for WaiYouth Skate Jam was touch and go. I arrived to find local youth sweeping the bowl and the park for the event.’’
Despite the patchy weather, she says the event got under way without a hitch, with Propaganda Clothing arriving with two chilly bins of sausages and bread for the sausage sizzle, while Cheapskates Skate Skool provided the skating expertise, Ms Bayler says.
‘‘Scottie from Skate Skool set up a marquee with free hire gear and pumped the music up – the instructors taught safety messages and park culture along with skate techniques.
‘‘Scottie broadcast safety messages including smoke free and helmet safety – ‘some people think helmets are not cool, what’s not cool is brain damage’.’’
However the weather had the last say, when ‘‘the rain came in with a rolling black cloud’’, leaving the final competition called off due to safety concerns, Ms Bayler says.
‘‘It was a fantastic youth-led initiative – congrats to WaiYouth, you rocked it.’’