Donny Fraser, the organiser of the inaugural Skatefest Kiama, says the event has enormous potential for attracting the skating community from near and far.
“These events thrive in regional areas, and they aren’t as common in NSW as they are other states.
“A larger one we organise in Mackay in Central Queensland, is estimated to have given a $2.5 million boost to the economy.
“Given the proximity to Sydney, the great facilities Kiama’s natural attractions and its timing in the school holidays, Skatefest Kiama is creating enormous interest, even in its first year.
“I think it could be massive in a short time.”
The three day event, held at the skate park near the Leisure Centre, will feature street-style contests, with the top skater from each division (12 and under, 13 and over and Men and Womens Open) qualifying for the state competition.
In addition to the competition, the Australian Skateboarding Federation sanctioned event will feature coaching programs and demonstrations, with programs particularly aimed at women skaters.
The best time to check out this rising sport, that is going to be in the Olympics in 2020, is to go along to the Skate Park on Friday or Saturday afternoons to catch the action.
The competition is on the Saturday, with up to 50 contestants expected across the divisions.
The event will also have stalls demonstrating and selling the latest skating equipment and merchandise.
Details: 12-14 July, Kiama Skate Park, by Leisure Centre, 9-5pm. More at australianskateboarding.com