Professional skateboarders share tricks with next generation in Leeds

Denham Hill, of SK8Safe, demonstrate his skills at the coaching sessions funded by Garforth and District Lions.  Pictures: Bruce Rollinson
Denham Hill, of SK8Safe, demonstrate his skills at the coaching sessions funded by Garforth and District Lions. Pictures: Bruce Rollinson

Young skateboarders got the chance to learn from the professionals this weekend when the SK8Safe team hit the ramps in Garforth.

They led a series of sessions at Glebelands Field as part of a free skateboard coaching and jamboree event on Saturday, which was funded by Garforth and District Lions.

Denham Hill showcases his skills.

Denham Hill showcases his skills.

Coaches from the Otley-based organisation shared tips and tricks as well as giving demonstrations of the kind of stunts they perform during international competitions.

Jon Lines, one of the organisers, said: “The youngsters thoroughly enjoyed it. Most of them were complete beginners and the coaches from Sk8Safe were great with them.

“They gave them a warm up then showed the all sorts of ways of turning their boards before getting them to give it a go.”

Torrential rain in the afternoon meant the later sessions had to be abandoned, but Mr Lines said these would be rearranged for later in the year.

Denham Hill in action.

Denham Hill in action.

Those who missed out on seeing SK8Safe will have another chance to watch them in action on June 25 when they stage demonstrations at Garforth Gala, which will be opened by a UK skateboarding champion.

Mr Lines said: “We’ve got a fire engines, birds of prey, dog competition, stalls – all sorts of bits and pieces.”

Ben Feldberg Collins, of SK8Safe, on the ramps yesterday.

Ben Feldberg Collins, of SK8Safe, on the ramps yesterday.

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