Festival full of talent

by Ann van Engelen

Summer Sets Music Festival saw approximately 2,000 people with a passion for music, motocross and skateboarding come together last weekend from across the country.

“We had a very diverse group of cultures with all genres of music and talent represented including people from the Selwyn district, Christchurch and we had both national and international artists onstage,” says organiser Irish Scott.

“The artists and event goers loved the weekend and joined in with a lot of excitement, and that was encouraging for all the competitors and musicians involved. The motocross riders and skateboarders added to the festival atmosphere.”

Skateboarders at the Ramp Jam competition showed their skills and tricks whilst taking advantage of weekend festivities.

“Skaters presented their best set and tricks on the ramp,” says organiser Jamie Guest, from Propaganda Streetwear and Skate store.

“We were encouraged to see so many people from the Selwyn district come along and we had some fantastic competitors, which encourages others to try.”

James Kingston took out first place at the Ramp Jam competition

People of different experience levels competed for the three top prizes making the 45-minute ramp jam session exciting for those watching.

“There were two ramps that the riders could manoeuvre between, and the competition was full of difficult tricks and very skilled riders making judging very difficult.”

James Kingston took the top prize, second was Brodie Cahill and third prize went to Jordan McStay.

“My wife Jess and I sponsor the event because we are passionate about skateboarding and creating a stage for people to be able to show their talents. We have a mini ramp in our store that we hold events on; it is great for people of all ages to utilise. Although skateboarding isn’t so much a team sport; everyone gets on, and it is a community of people from different backgrounds coming together from different areas enjoying themselves.

“We are part of our local communities and love to sponsor events, fundraise and get behind the skate scene.”