A skateboarder just like dad

Skater boys: Haziq and Harraz having fun at a skate park in Kulai, Johor. Harraz is the youngest skateboarder in Malaysia. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

KULAI: Skateboarding is a way for enthusiast Muhammad Haziq Hussein to bond with his three-year-old son who recently wowed people with his tricks as one of the youngest skateboarders.

Haziq, 29, said his son Muhammad Harraz got interested in skateboarding when he was 18 months old.

“At that time, Harraz just learned to walk properly. One day, he picked up my skateboard and started to play with it.

“Since then, I have been teaching him how to use the skateboard, and he was able to pick up the lessons quickly.

“He is now able to do some tricks on his own, ” he said when met at Taman Muhibbah skate park here recently.

Haziq, who works as an aircraft foreman, said they would go to several skate parks around the state.

Johor has the most number of skate parks in Malaysia.

He said Harraz was a committed skateboarder as he would practise for hours at home or play with a fingerboard, a miniature version of a skateboard.

“I started skateboarding when I was 13, and to have my son sharing the same passion is just an awesome feeling.

“Our relationship is more than just a father and son as he has become my best friend, ” Haziq said, adding that they usually spend more than two hours at skate parks daily.

He said his son made his first public debut in front of Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim and his wife Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam during the opening of the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre in Johor Baru last Monday.

He said he was nervous for Harraz as his son never skateboarded in front of so many people, but the boy was able to execute his tricks well that day.

Haziq also said that as far as he knew, Harraz was the youngest skateboarder in the country and the top three youngest in the world.

He and his wife planned to create a YouTube channel for Harraz playing skateboard, and hoped that it would inspire other children and adults to take up the sport.

“Skateboard is actually a safe sport despite some people thinking that it is dangerous. But if they learn the proper way of doing it, including wearing safety gear, then it is very enjoyable.

“I will continue to support Harraz in his passion.

“Hopefully, one day he will represent Malaysia at the Olympics as skateboarding will be making its debut in next year’s Tokyo Games, ” he said.

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