They stunned the crowd with their stunts on the quarter pipes, rails and ramps.

And such was the success of the Board Crazy Skate Jam in Greenhead Park that organisers hope it will become an annual event.

They even hope they can run a series of skatepark challenges across the Kirklees area next summer.

There are six large skateparks in the area, with sites in Spen Valley, Newsome, Meltham, Mirfield and Holmfirth in addition to Greenhead Park.

More than 70 people took the chance to compete at the four-hour festival, which was held in the park’s skateboard park.

They included skateboarders, BMX riders and scooter riders.

More than 200 gathered to cheer on the competitors who took part in various challenges aimed at people of all ages.

The festival was organised by the Adventurous Activity Team working for Kirklees Youth Support Service and as Ian Jessop explained, it had a dual purpose.

“The main idea was to provide a fun competition for all the boarders, the skaters and the BMX riders.

“But there was also a serious purpose behind it. We have had problems with anti-social behaviour at some of the skateparks and we hope this was one way of addressing that.

Board Crazy Skate Jam at Greenhead Park
Board Crazy Skate Jam at Greenhead Park
 

“It was a brilliant success and the number of young people who turned up to compete and to watch reflects that.

“They rose to the challenge after we promoted the event through the parks and youth service.

“The competition involved the riders perfoming amazing jumps and airborne gravity-defying tricks and they were judged in heats before the finals.

“A lot of adults who stopped to watch commented on the skills and also on the behaviour of the young people, in a friendly and welcoming atmossphere.

“Now we’d like to look at making it an annual event, perhaps with a series of gatherings at the various big skateparks from Easter though to August.”

Mr Jessop said skateboarding is still extremely popular with several other smaller parks in areas including Lepton and Skelmanthorpe.

And he was moved by news that friends of young Isaac Nash, swept away by a wave in Wales, would like to raise money to build a skatepark in Highburton.