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Skaters set to shred Kep bowl

Skaters set to shred Kep bowl

22 Song Ratha

Local NGO Skateistan Cambodia will host its second skateboarding competition this Saturday at the concrete skate bowl of Jasmine Valley Eco Resort in the coastal town of Kep.

Skateistan Cambodia uses skateboarding as a tool for social rehabilitation and youth empowerment, working with youths from diverse backgrounds, especially disadvantaged and streetworking children. The organisation built and operate two skatepark facilities in Phnom Penh, including one at children’s charity Pour en Sourire d’Enfant’s complex in Stung Meanchey district.

Skateistan was founded in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 2007 by Australian Oliver Percovich. It has since expanded to projects in Cambodia and Pakistan and also has volunteers operating in Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States.

About 25 skaters aged between nine and 18, including Skateistan students, are expected to demonstrate their skills in the bowl at Jasmine Valley Eco Resort, which is the only one of its kind in the Kingdom.  

The resort, run by Jasmine and Owen Beck, are generously offering free accommodation and food to all competitors and Skateistan staff.

The main event is set to begin at 4pm on Saturday, with all members of the public welcomed to attend. Organisers say they expect to give awards to the top three boy and girl skaters, while boys’ best trick, girls’ best trick, best slam and best attitude will also be honoured. Prizes have been donated by 10K Skateshop.

Chicago-based DJ Major Taylor will keep the festivities going late into the day with an eclectic mix of punk, hip hop, reggae and electronic music.

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