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Words by Rick Dewsbury, with photos by Tom Quigley.
One of NottinghamвЂ™s most unique skateparks took a step closer to getting new ramps built after tackling torrential downpours and holding its biggest ever competition last month.
More than 200 people braved the heavy showers that drenched the country and flocked to the now-legendaryВ Battle at the BayВ clash at Lady Bay Skatepark in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Sunday 17thВ July.
Local pros including Craig Smedley performed in the seven-hour long competition вЂ“ but it was youngster Elliot Maynard, 16, who won the sought-after best-skater title. The teenager вЂ“ a rising star in the Notts skate scene – performed a string of tricks in the slippery conditions, which needed helpers with brushes and towels just to keep the park from flooding.
Organisers are now hopeful that a number of new ramps and rails can be built on the tarmac to turn it into one of the best skateparks in the U.K.
Competition manager Joey Shepherd, 20, said:В В вЂњAll the skaters showed incredible amounts of support by skating through the downpours. ItвЂ™s notВ often youвЂ™ll see skaters rolling around through mini-lakes but itВ really was incredible to have all the local skaters uniting and not letting the wet weather dampen their spirits.вЂќ вЂњThe day was a roaring success and we’ll be doing many more in the future.вЂќ
The skateparkвЂ™s half-pipe, which has become legendary among skateboarders around Nottingham since it was built in 1999, hosted both under-16s and 16 & over competitions on the day. First place in the 16 & over vert comp went to Nise Skateboards rider, ‘Socks’, while Alex Hallford took second and Sean Willis came in third, as well as winning the best trick competition.
Spectators that arrived throughout the day were entertained with a sound system and a host of stalls from local shops. Youngsters even had the chance to look at designs for new ramps set to be added to the park.
Joey added: вЂњThis was definitely one of the largest competitions Lady Bay has seen. Elliot Maynard is an absolute shredder and he’s going to be huge soon.вЂќ