Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 10. Day 314. Natural high

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 Be the Influence BoarderX series which saw Albert Street in Brisbane's central business district turned into a great big skate park.
Boys (and two girls) aged from about 11 put their bodies on the line 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.


  1. Sounds like a great message and a brilliant event. I love this sort of thing as a Mum of two boys and I know how crazy they can be. It's nice to know there are people out there promoting positive messages.

  2. Great photos of a great event, our boys would love this, with three teenage boys and counting I have plenty of hair dye at the ready. No need for alcohol while natural highs can be achieved. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.