Skating on for Bowl-a-Rama

Wellington gets ready for pro skating comp

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014
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HITTING THE BOWL: Masters division skater Sean Goff, 48, still has the moves.

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He may have aches and pains and struggle to keep up with the young ones, but Sean Goff is quite possibly the gnarliest 48-year-old around.

Goff originally jumped on a skateboard in 1976 during the sport's first wave of popularity.

Almost 40 years later the Englishman is still going strong and runs a business selling skate and snowboard gear online.

In Wellington for the fourth time for this weekend's Bowl-A-Rama event, Goff will MC the event as well as compete in the masters section for those over 40.

"When you get to my age, I'm 48 years old, when I fall it hurts but these [young] guys are like rubber balls, they just bounce back up."

Bowl-A-Rama, the only international professional skateboard competition, was founded 10 years ago in Australia, with a Wellington leg beginning three years later.

It kicked off with an opening party on Wednesday night, and events celebrating art, music and skating culture are being held, leading up to the competition at Waitangi Skatepark tomorrow.

International pro skaters, including Alex Sorgente, Pat Ngoho and Filipe Foguinho, will be joined by NZ talents such as Mike Bancroft and Amiel Day to battle it out for a A$20,000 prize.

Brazilian pro Pedro Barres, 18, says the NZ event is one of his favourites as it was far more "chilled" than many of the major competitions. "This competition's all good, it's like family, a skater's comp ... it's just like a big party. It's kind of like the difference between going to a super gnarly party at a super gnarly hotel, or going to a super gnarly party at your friend's house.

THE DETAILS

See the Bowl-A-Rama action at Waitangi Skatepark, tomorrow, 9am-6pm with the official afterparty at Meow, Edward St, 9pm.

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- The Dominion Post

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