Young men are a worry. Their ability to do stupid risk-taking things is enough to cause sleepless nights for the mother of just about every teen male. Hormones, energy, recklessness and a body maturity with a brain that hasn't caught up can be a lethal combination. The last thing you need is to throw alcohol into the mix.
That's why I totally applaud the organisers today's
over a series of ramps, berms, humps and jumps.
The no-alcohol event featured a DJ, loud pumping music, free entry and a competition combining the best of ramp, street and skateboard skills, with riders racing against the clock for the chance at the $1000 first prize.
But the best bit about the extreme skateboarding event was the message that there are positive ways to get that high.
I didn't stick around to see who took out the first prize but the large number of competitors and spectators would suggest the event was a big winner.