Want to learn to skateboard?

Want to learn to skateboard?

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Five-year-old Claireese Hartanto gets some tips from The Skateboard Program’s Cam Boden. Photograph- Richard Polden.

Young skateboarders have the chance to learn from some of the best this Monday, with a pop-up skating event being held in the carpark of Cannington Leisureplex.

A collaboration between the City of Canning and The Skateboarding Program, the pop-up event aims to show the ropes to youngsters looking to learn.

The Skateboarding Program’s Jebediah Sam said the collaboration with the City of Canning was based on his own experience.

“I used to work with another skateboarding organisation running skateboarding events, and we did a lot with Canning at Willetton park prior to its redevelopment,” he said.

“When my previous organisation closed down, I started reaching out, and Canning was one of the places I went and they picked up the phone.

“From that point, probably about three months ago, we’ve been establishing a program to get things moving and how to implement things.

“It was the experience of working with them before.”

He said teaching skateboarding was one of the most valuable ways to create employment for skaters.

“The backbone in a lot of ways is to find the ability to create employment for people who have worked in the industry and have the most experience in this setting.

“Teaching the community what they know and what they do so well, I think that’s crucial and that can cover motivation as much as it does tips on how to ride.

“Having the skaters, I know in my demographic doing it, there’s no one better to do it and really continue to spread skateboarding.”

You can register for this Monday’s event, which runs from 4pm to 6pm, through Eventbrite or through the City of Canning website.