Wild in the Parks gets off to flying start in Uckfield

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DOZENS of young people flew through the air while taking part in the most extreme of extreme activities at Uckfield’s popular skatepark on Saturday.

Wild in the Parks, organised by Volcom, was the first major event at the town’s skatepark. It featured a day of competitions with prizes and was totally free to enter and watch.

Volcom organiser Kevin Parrott said: “Wild in the Parks is for young up and coming skaters to come out and show their skills.”

Ben Powell of Sidewalk magazine added: ”Think of the event like a best trick contest; skaters are judged on the tricks they pull. Local skaters have shown enthusiasm for the event and we had over 65 skaters who have entered the competition from all over the UK as well as from nearby towns and villages”.

The amateur skateboarding contest Wild in the Parks got underway at the park at 1.30pm. The European leg of the tour is in its eighth season and stops at skate parks in Russia, Portugal and Spain. It was for all ages and abilities.

There were 14-and-under and 15-and-over categories for the unsponsored youngsters out there hoping to get involved with mad Volcom products up for grabs, and the sponsored/pro category with cash-money on the line.

In addition to the prizes on the day, the top three placed skaters in each category also qualify for the European Wild In The Parks finals in Copenhagen in September.

After years of negotiations and a search for a suitable site, the skatepark was designed with input from local skaters and draws enthusiasts from across the county.