Rain did not stop skateboarder skills
RAIN didn't stop play for skateboarders from all over the country who jumped, twisted and turned and entertained the Ipswich crowds with their skills.Organisers first feared they would be forced to cancel the event because of the wet weather.
RAIN did not stop play for skateboarders from all over the country who jumped, twisted and turned and entertained the Ipswich crowds with their skills.
Organisers first feared they would be forced to cancel the event because of the wet weather.
But after an hour's delay it went ahead and became the first skateboard competition since Ipswich Skatepark opened near the town's Stoke Bridge in March.
Tina Wiles, secretary and trustee of the skatepark, said: "We were originally expecting about 1,000 spectators. We had loads of people from places like London and Milton Keynes phoning up in the morning to ask if the competition was still going ahead.
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"This morning there was so much water it was called off. But a couple of hours later the sun was out and people were up skating. So many turned up we couldn't disappoint those who did."
The event, which attracted around 200 spectators, was sponsored by Hoax of Ipswich. Categories included under tens, under 16's and over 16's, with top prize of £250.
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Other prizes included £100, £50, Hoax vouchers, skateboards, goodie bags and T-shirts, with all the competitors going home with something.
Ipswich Skatepark is one of the most popular free sporting facilities in the town.
On July 21 it played host to a BMX competition – where Ipswich riders walked away with first, second and fourth prizes. A month ago more than 1,000 people turned out to see American skateboarding star, Kareen Campbell, in action.
It is hoped to have another skateboarding competition at the end of September.
Many skateboarders taking part in Sunday's competition were not wearing protective gear.
Tina warned people who use the park to wear it for safety reasons. "It is something we always promote," she said.