Nailsea Skate Festival
NAILSEA COMMUNITY SKATE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 19th JULY 2008
6th Nailsea Skate Festival, sees the biggest entry so far
The afternoon of Saturday 19th July 2008 saw the sixth Nailsea Community Skateboard and Rollerblade festival take place at the town’s Millennium Skate Park.
This year’s exciting event attracted just under 40 competitors in a total of five categories and crowds of between 300 and 400 spectating throughout the afternoon. Despite early morning heavy showers, by the time the contest was due to start the sun was shining and the ramp and park were dry. Must have been something to do with the organisers sending up a few prayers !!!
Holy Trinity and Trendlewood Churches, in conjunction with Christian Surfers UK, ran the event, and many of their members (Both young and old) helped in the planning and running of the event, along with assistance from the Baptist Church.
Entrants came from as far a field as Keynsham, 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, “Buddies for Tea ” – travelled all the way from Newquay to perform their style of electro Pop, and Tash McCoy a singer song writer from Kent played a great chill set. The DJ decks were manned by the well-known Bristol DJ John Kendall, along with a couple of his trainees. Food was provided from the BBQ and Crepe Stall, with home baked cakes throughout the day. The children were entertained with face painting, bead stall, and volleyball.
With a strong entry in the Skate 15+ event Nailsea’s Mike Gist did well to win the title. There was also a new name on the Rollerblade 15+ trophy with Flax Bourtons Dave Rose, winning for the first time.
The main winners of the competitions were:
Skateboarding (Over 15) Mike Gist (Nailsea)
Skateboarding (12-15) Guy McCheyne (Nailsea)
Skateboarding (Under 12) Ghillean Amos (Bristol)
Rollerblading (Over 15) Dave Rose (Flax Bourton).
Rollerblading (12-15) Cellen Clark (Nailsea)
Best move Frankie Derby (Bristol)
Contest organiser Phil Williams, a member of Holy Trinity Church and National Director of Christian Surfers UK said, “It was great that we were blessed with sunny dry weather for the sixth year running, 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. Despite all the bad press teenagers sometimes get, this event was a real tribute to them, with a great atmosphere throughout. There were 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.”
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.skatefestival.co.uk contact Phil Williams on 07774 138143 or e-mail Phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.
If interested to find out more about Christian Surfers UK or Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches, check out : www.christiansurfers.co.uk , and www.htnailsea.org.uk