Skateboard aspirants learn from pro

01:44, Apr 16 2014
Indy Fiedler
Cheapskates team skater Indy Fiedler is hosting clinics at the Wanaka Skate Park.

Wanaka junior skateboarders wanting to sharpen up on their tricks have the chance to take part in two skateboarding clinics being hosted by Cheapskates team skater Indy Fiedler.

Fiedler, who has been skating since he was seven years old, said attending skating clinics as a child helped him progress into a pro skater.

His specialties were skating bowls and ramps.

Fiedler hoped he would be able to attract some of the younger scooter riders in town to the skating side.

"It's endless fun," he said.

The clinics will be held at the Wanaka Skatepark on the next two Saturdays.

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Cheapskates Wanaka manager Carol Knudson said Fiedler was a part of the seven-strong skate team based in Wanaka.

"He's an absolutely amazing skater," Knudson said.

It was decided to hold the clinic to get more young people involved in skating and to give them the chance to learn from a professional.

Clinics built confidence and gave riders a chance to learn how to do things correctly from the start, Knudson said.

They would also be a great chance to get some experience and training before the park was extended, she said.

Those wanting to take part were urged to register at Cheapskates

Riders need to bring their own skate decks and helmets to the clinics and safety pads were advised.

It was hoped Skater Girls sessions would also be held at a later date, Knudson said.

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