Nailsea Skate Contest
The afternoon of Saturday 21st July 2007 saw the fifth Nailsea Community Skateboard and Rollerblade festival take place at the town’s Millennium Skate Park.
This year’s exciting event attracted around 40 competitors in a total of six categories and crowds of between 200 and 300 spectating throughout the afternoon. Amazingly despite predictions of heavy rain showers throughout the day, the weather for the competition remained completely dry, until 5 minutes after the presentations took place. Many weeks of prayer had taken place specifically regarding the weather for this day, and we just want to say a huge thanks to God for providing us with a great day for the event.
Holy Trinity and Trendlewood Churches, in conjunction with Christian Surfers UK, ran the event, and many of the members (both young and old) helped in the planning and running of the event.
Entrants came from as far afield as Chippenham, Weston, Clevedon, Pill, Congresbury, Yatton, Bristol, as well as Backwell and Nailsea to the event, which is the only event to be staged at the park each year.
In addition to the top class skate and rollerblade competitions, two live bands entertained the crowds, “Stalefish” - a local Nailsea group, and “Mark Feven”, a local pianist and singer, who was joined for a number of songs by his daughter Jodie. The DJ decks were manned by the well-known Thornbury crew of DJ Leon and MC Texas. Food was provided from the BBQ and crepe Stall, along with home baked cakes throughout the day. The children were entertained with face painting, bead stall, and volleyball.
With many of the top 15+ skaters touring in Prague it gave a great opportunity for fresh blood to claim the championship, and Mike Arnold from Flax Bourton went on to take outclass his way to the title. Bristol’s Dan Brain retained his 15+ Rollerblade title with some amazing aerial manouvres, although he was hotly challenged by locals Iain Rex and Dave Rose, who's highly technical skating was narrowly over-shadowed by Dan's crowd-pleasing big moves.
The main winners of the competitions were:
Mike Arnold (Skate 15+), James Cotton (Skate 12-15), Rob Feltham (Skate U-12), Dan Brain (Blade 15+), Andre Davies (Blade 12-15), Matt Davey-Young (Blade U-12), Mike Arnold (Best Trick), Hannah Smith (Best Female Performance).
Contest director Phil Williams, a member of Holy Trinity Church said, “We were amazed that the weather stayed dry throughout this event, and believe God must have been smiling on us. This year’s event was I believe the best yet, and it was great to see so many youngsters entering the competition for the first time. There was some great action on the ramps, and a real festival spirit around the park. A great community day, between the church and the community which we really enjoy organising. Each year the event seems to grow in size and the skill level of the competitors just gets better.”
James, one of the competitors stated ”Woah nailsea skate comp! What a day! I was in the 12-15 category and I enjoyed every moment of it! A must for next year for me. Thanks to CSUK and the organisers for helping out!”
A huge thanks to Nailsea Town Council and Nailsea Community Trust who gave valuable support to the contest this year, as did Bristol skate sponsors, Shiner and Sharkbite Surfshop, and local surf/skate clothing supplier Tube Clothing. Also a big thanks to John Dolman, and Nailsea Youth House for help with the PA equipment.
For more details, full results and pictures of the event log on to: www.skatenailsea.tk.