Skateboarders contest wows crowds

Junior Battle of Hastings skateboarding competition
Junior Battle of Hastings skateboarding competition

YOUNG skaters took to their boards in the annual Junior Battle of Hastings competition on Sunday (August 28).

Around 40 young people aged 10 to 19 from across Hastings and Rother showed off their skills in the event, organised by the AIR3 youth project, at the White Rock Gardens skate park.

Organiser Matt Davey said: “It has been running since 2003, and it was definitely one of the best yet.

“We had some of the parents asking if they could help out in the future. I’m surprised by how many parents are into these kinds of sports.”

One young female skater showed off her talents in front of the crowd.

Matt said he hoped more young women would get involved in the sport and that there were plenty of female specators at the competition.

He added: “There is no reason why girls should not get involved in skateboarding, as it is not about power, it is about technique, and is not dissimilar to gymnastics.”

Prizes were donated by sponsors, and awarded in categories including best trick and skater having the most fun.