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Skateboarding is Blowing Up:

Skateboarding is becoming more popular in countries around the world. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing sports, as societies impression of it shifts from rebellious counter culture to mainstream and beneficial to society.

 

Children are becoming active in the sport at earlier ages and we’re seeing incredible stories of just how impactful skateboarding can really be.

 

Making an Impact:

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Having a sport to continually work at is becoming increasingly shown to promote creativity and dedication amongst kids. This is especially prevalent amongst children who typically are not seen to embody these characteristics in an environment like school. Suddenly they have an activity that they look forward to, that challenges them to fail often but continue to work harder in order to reach goals. This in turn increases traits like self confidence, bravery, and entrepreneurship as kids go to great lengths to continue to grow as skaters.

 

What’s even more incredible than seeing children with increased access to a sport that is healthy and building strong character traits, is seeing the ways in which it inspires everyone else! Kids are amazed by their peers who skate to school, who land new tricks they are still working on, and how quickly they are improving at a new sport with the time they are dedicating to practice.

 

But we’re not just talking about kids being impressed by other kids. Adults are inspired by the difference that can come from within a child who suddenly has something that they are passionate about. They are seeing children learn lessons that didn’t seem to get through to them from a classroom setting. They are witnessing a dedication that many adults don’t possess about anything, much less a hobby that is so good for you!

 

When realizing that a simple sport can ignite within children, new senses of self confidence, bravery, dedication, creativity, and excitement… who wouldn’t want to spread that opportunity?

 

Spreading Opportunity:

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Introducing kids to skateboarding is a trend that’s happening in many different places and forms.

From crowdsource donations to dedicated program building, communities are coming together to offer new opportunity to kids that otherwise might not have the ability to skateboard.

 

Crowdsourcing has blown up for many different reasons, the main one being that people all over the world are sympathizing with causes that they can make a small but meaningful difference in. The same is happening in the skateboarding community. From GoFundMe’s raising money for skateboards for kids, to Kickstarter goals of rebuilding maliciously destroyed skate parks, there are dozens of crowdsourcing efforts to increase opportunity for skating.

 

Some organizations have been created specifically to take this issue into their own hands. Skateistan was the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes. Operating in Afghanistan, South Africa, and Cambodia, their mission is to empower children and youth through skateboarding and education.

 

“Oliver Percovich, the Australian skateboarder who founded Skateistan in Kabul and is now its executive director, explains how the children who make up 70% of the population of Afghanistan often have only roadsides in which to play, with girls in particular not being allowed to ride bicycles or climb trees. But they are allowed to skateboard – hence Skateistan’s efforts to teach boys and girls alike to skateboard alongside an educational arts-based curriculum ranging from world cultures, human rights and environmental studies to nutrition, hygiene and storytelling” (The Guardian).

 

Many other organizations have also been started to not only offer a hybrid program of skating and education, but provide funding for boards and equipment, build skateparks, and increase accessibility for children everywhere.

 

Many cities are getting involved in the action themselves as they notice more and more positive effects of children having the ability to become increasingly  involved in skateboarding. They are putting time and money into building community skateparks with the goal of bringing kids off the streets and into the park. What they’ve found is that kids are drawn to activity without rules, guidance, or coaching. Rather, they enjoy an outlet where they can challenge themselves and build their own community culture. This has proven to be an asset for entire communities that are not only recognizing that, but wanting to embrace it with new skateparks to bring kids together.

 

Changing the Game:

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We at Anchor chief know firsthand what a difference a skateboard can make in the life of a child, because it has changed each of our lives for the better. We love hearing stories of how communities are continuing to spread the joy of skating with kids who traditionally wouldn’t have access to the sport.

 

Skateboarding, like any other sport, can have serious barriers to entry. Most obvious is having access to a skateboard in the first place. It’s not like a soccer or basketball that can sometimes be found at a local community center, or purchased at low prices. It is difficult for kids to get their hands on a skateboard of their own.

 

People have learned that skating brings such incredible senses of community, that they want to share that with everyone. What seems like a huge barrier to one child, can be solved by a simple donation of another. It’s incredible to see the skate community not only grow but actively improve inclusivity to bring an incredible sport to even more young lives!

 

If you’re interested in spreading the sport of skateboarding to someone new this year, checkout our children’s skateboards for kids at all levels of experience. Whether you want to share with someone you know or donate to spread opportunity across the globe, we would love to be a part of it!

 

 


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Lennox Head BEACH SOUNDS Fest is an all ages, alcohol and drug free event held annually in the coastal town of Lennox Head and features some of the best upcoming Australian bands.

2018 LINE UP

The Pretty Littles
Eliza and the Delusionals
VOIID
Concrete Surfers
Viral Eyes
CRUM
Sook
Garage Sale
No Parade
MIND

+ winner of our Feed Music "High School Hero" competition. 

OTHER FUN ON THE NIGHT....

ART and MUSIC FAIR - free entry to all in the foyer. A great collection of regional art and music based stalls. 
FOOD and DRINK available on site. 
DOOR PRIZES provided by our great sponsor Skullcandy and Anchor Chief (GLOBE, The Critical Slide Society, All About Eve).

THE VENUE is right in Lennox Head. Pass outs available so enjoy the local cafes, restaurants, hotel and bars. 

WARNING
This is alcohol free event for guests and admission will be denied for any intoxicated patrons. Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in removal . No crowd surfing or aggressive dancing. Respect each other and look after your fellow concert goers. Zero tolerance will be shown to any patron harrassing other patrons or making them feel uncomfortable at our event. Any patron denied entry or re-entry to venue or removed from venue will not be provided with a refund.

 

FAQs

 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome. We would politely suggest that the event is aimed at teens and young adults. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by a supervising adult who holds a ticket (max 4 kids per adult supervisor please). 
Pass outs will be allowed . The promoter and venue are not responsible for supervision of minors in any way but will provide a strictly alcohol free and drug free environment for guests, security will be present. Free water and rest areas are available. Kids are free to use the promoters telephone services to call parents if required.

 

What can I bring into the event?

We would suggest you dont bring anything except a small bag. Free cold water will be available. There is kiosk which will sell soft drinks and snacks. There will be a hot food vendor on site. We will be keeping the cost of food and drink to modest prices.

 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Your contact team is Ben Luke 17 year old of Lennox Groove and his father Nathan Luke. Email lennoxgroove@gmail.com

 

What's the refund policy?

A full refund is available 7 days out. After that point no refunds. Note no refunds are given for any patron refused entry or removed from the premises.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

YES please bring your ticket printed out to avoid any issues with phone, phone reception (which can be poor in Lennox on occasion).

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