Stoke rider flies high with perfect front flip
Mita Timpson could not have picked a better time to pull off his first-ever front flip on a scooter.
The Stoke 17-year-old landed the trick at the Motueka heat of the Tasman Skatepark Tour on Saturday, earning enough points to win the senior scooter section and collect his fourth win of the tour.
He said he always wanted to try the trick and the set-up at the Motueka skatepark was ideal for the attempt.
"I could go straight onto the grass, which helped with the fear," said the Waimea College student.
About 250 people crowded around the perimeter of the skatepark to watch scooter riders, skaters and BMX riders showcase their best moves.
The front flip drew gasps and applause. However, the biggest crowd reactions went to the high fliers of the open BMX division, which was dominated by Motueka riders. Aidan Limmer flew through the air in a Superman move, Ryan Dando was landing back flips over the concrete spine of the park, as well as doing a rare front flip, and Lee Nuttall closed the day's competition by soaring over the concrete "pyramid" in the centre of the park.
MC and judge Jesse Scotson, of Nelson's Cheapskates, said he was impressed by the dominance of the Motueka riders.
In addition to the core of riders who have been competing in all the stops of the tour, several out-of-towners made their first appearance at Motueka.
The competitors are vying for a slice of more than $5000 worth of prizes from tour sponsors Cheapskates and Village Cycles.
The Tasman District Council-organised tour expanded to eight venues this year, with Motueka being the fifth. The tour continues at Brightwater on Wednesday, is in Nelson on Friday and ends in Richmond on Saturday.
The Nelson Mail