Scooter popularity takes off 

While bikes and skateboards have been in the spotlight for a while now, it’s only recently that scooters have started to gain recognition as an extreme street sport.

Professional scooter riders Rory Coe, Royce King and Jackson Bartlett belive that there has never been a better time to get into the sport.

“It’s all about the next generation,” Coe said.

He believes that the fear factor is what gives it an edge over other sports.

“It can be scary at the time, but that’s the whole fun of it when you get that adrenaline rush.”

That said, he believes it is important to put safety first which is why the three skaters came to Wellington in an event organised by the PCYC for Youth Week.

After going over the basics such as wearing a helmet, they taught children techniques for minimising their chance of injury when skating.

“We’re out to promote the sport as a fun, safe and good way to get active and keep kids out of trouble.”

The three skaters, sponsored by SkaterHQ have been practising their sport for seven years now. 

Rory Coe has placed first in two SkaterHQ Manly bowl competitions, eighth at the French Scooter Cup 2001 and “too many seconds and thirds to count and remember”.

“No one gets good overnight though,” Coe said.

Royce King feels that it’s all about moderation and taking on new tricks as you are ready for them.

“You keep working on it and when you accomplish a new trick it’s rewarding,” he said.