SARAWAKIAN Muhammad Nur Firdaus will be representing the country at the World Cup Skateboarding (WCS) series leg of Grand Prix Beroun in the Czech Republic on June 23 and 24.
The 22-year-old skateboarder from Bintulu earned his place at the World Cup after winning the inaugural Laksa Jam skateboarding competition.
He won a fully-paid trip to the pro skateboarding event in Europe along with RM1,000 in prize money.
“I really didn’t expect to win but I am very happy. I wasn’t really confident with the bigger venue because the last time I was here, I only managed to land a couple of tricks.
“I’ll try my best to make it. This is like a dream for me, I have been skating for 12 years and I have never been out of the country for a competition so I’ll definitely be expecting a challenge,” he said.
In second and third place were Fuad Saifullah and Uwais Aluee who took home RM800 and RM700, respectively.
A total of 32 skaters from around the country took part in the invitational competition held at the Bukit Kiara Skate Park in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.
The competition, organised by Laksamana Skateboards in collaboration with the Youth and Sports Ministry, was conceived with one mission: to find a potential skateboarder to represent the country in skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Event director and owner of Laksamana Skateboards Kieron Brodie said the idea came about five years ago and was inspired by the X-Games.
“We faced some challenges with funding the event and the rain worked against us today. This event showed me how when people come together they can do anything. We hope to have another event like this because we are looking at the future of Laksa Jam with optimism.
“Even after eight hours of skating, I’m impressed with the skill that was shown today,” he said.
“I am confident that if the skaters are properly prepared for a competition, like eating well and going to the gym, they would get better,” said Kieron.
He added organisers of Grand Prix Beroun are helping with the winner’s lodging and Laksamana Skateboards will sponsor the air ticket.
Also present to showcase their skills were skateboarding gurus – Street League’s newest pro Dave Bachinsky from the United States; three times X-Games medallist and two times WCS overall rankings winner Tomas Vintr from the Czech Republic as well as Sierra Fellers, Daisuke Nakaura and Koya Miyasaka.
Tomas, who is in the Czech national team and on his sixth visit to Malaysia, said the local skaters have always put in effort in skating.
“I know most of the other guys here in Malaysia but I saw a lot of new and good skaters out there.
He said an event like the WCS is a tough challenge for everyone involved, given that the best skateboarders in the world will be competing.
“Skaters really need to be consistent and perform difficult tricks. That is basically the winning formula there, but Muhammad Nur has to think smart about it.
“So he needs to learn his best tricks and choose the ones with the right difficulty and at the same time not play it too safe,” Tomas said.
“It is great to see a Malaysian there, the organisers did a great job with the competition. They are opening the doors for skaters here to change their lives,” he added.
The event was sponsored by Tune Talk, Vans, Pulse Soundworks, CrapTV and Two Wheel Garage and ISC Innovators.
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