Skateboards top 2011 present list

Tom Evans of Goonellabah shows his style at Goonellabah skate park.
Tom Evans of Goonellabah shows his style at Goonellabah skate park. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

ONE of the most requested Christmas gifts for boys and girls in 2011 was skateboards.

Specifically Pennys and ZFlex skateboards.

Skateboards have always been popular here on the Northern Rivers, both as a leisure activity and a means of transport, but in recent years their popularity has increased.

These days you would be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn't have or want one.

Jai Lewan, who owns and runs Byron Bay Skateboard Coaching and has been skating for more than twenty years, says the past twelve months have seen a resurgence in the popularity of skateboarding, and, in particular, the old-school style of cruising and trick boards.

"Here on the east coast there is definitely a real surf and skate culture. It's unusual to meet a kid who doesn't either skate or surf," Jai said.

"It's a fun sport, and it's one you can learn at your own pace.

"It's great for building confidence, it teaches patience, and it's great for general fitness.

"It's also a really good activity for those boys who have too much energy.

"It's good for burning up all that energy.

"The other great thing about skateboarding is that you can do it anywhere, whether you are doing tricks, cruising or longboarding, you just jump on your board and off you go."

Jai says the Northern Rivers has some fantastic skate parks, but beginner skaters and their parents need to know some basics before they hit the decks.

"The most important thing for a beginner is to wear the safety gear; the helmet, wrist guards, knee guards and elbow guards.

"It's a good idea to get some basic skills up on a flat surface before you hit the skate park.

"Once you start at the skate parks it's really important to pay attention to what's going on around you."

Jai says our region has many great skate parks, all with something to offer.


Tips for Beginners

  • Always wear protective gear
  • Take a lesson or a clinic to learn the basics
  • Get your skills up on a flat surface before tackling the skate parks
  • When you are at a skate park, pay attention to everything going on around you


Most Popular Skate parks

Nimbin: Great for more advanced riders. Usually plenty of room. Pool right next door to cool off in.

Ballina: Big park with something for skaters of every level. Gets very busy during peak times.

Mullumbimby: One of the region's most popular parks. Something for every level. Also good for BMXs.

Brunswick Heads: The new skate park at Brunswick was a long time coming and it's worth the wait. Good intermediate park. Gets busy at evenings.

Suffolk Park: A smaller park but a great place for beginners. A nice, relaxed vibe, and the basketball court beside it is a good place to practice skills on the flat.

Topics:  christmas gifts lismore skateboards

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Council approves Airlie cinemas

Cinema given green light by council

Whitsunday resort for sale with $6m price tag

Cape Gloucester.

Popular destination for boaties for sale.

Top 5 reader's retail therapy hotspots

COLOURFUL: Proserpine's Colour Me Crazy owner Robin Shelbourne says the shop is a tourist attraction itself.

Readers top 5 retail hot spots revealed

Local Partners

Greg and Christine find a new (gold) lease on life

Christine and Greg Clark star in the TV series Aussie Gold Hunters.

COUPLE reckons there’s nothing like finding your first gold nugget.

Miley Cyrus finally confirms engagement to Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus.

Eccentric singer confirms long-held rumour

Former Oasis frontman threw popcorn at his brother

The Gallagher brothers have famously feuded for many years.

Oasis brothers still haven't made up

OUR SAY: Why musicians should be called 'tradies'

Should bands be paid every time they play? Journalist and musician Tom Gillespie thinks so.

We need to change the way we think about musicians.

The Kardashian sex tape has gone virtual reality

Vivid make Kim Kardashian West sex tape a virtual reality experience

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!