There were supposed to be scooters, skateboards and BMX bikes everywhere at the John Lomas Skate Park on Wednesday – instead, there were puddles.
Orange was set to play host to a competition for over 100 skaters across the region, but it was ruined by the rain, with bike and board events postponed until Sunday afternoon when the weather is due to clear.
Organiser Ricky Konza, who’s the founder of Bluntside Sk8 Park Tours, said it was a shame the weather had turned sour, with competitors coming from as far as Parkes to take part.
“They’ve been practising for weeks and they come out to this,” he said, pointing at puddles.
He was able to get scooter competitions complete in between heavy rain showers, giving some results for the day.
Druz Dutton cleaned up the under 12s scooters ahead of Ethan Thompson and Lucas Carr, while Connor Hughes won the under 16s ahead of Luke Oates and Pascal Perry from Parkes.
Meanwhile, Kyle Logan, James Murphy and Luke Oates were the top three place-getters in the open competition.
Konza has been holding competitions all across the Central West, starting with Manildra before moving on to Cowra, Bathurst, Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Young, Millthorpe and Mudgee.
“We’ve been averaging 30-40 people, but Orange is the biggest one we’re expecting 100 or so, we’ve got the scooters out of the road but Orange is a bike and skateboard town,” Konza said.
“On Sunday you’ll see them all come out.”
He said the level of skills has been “phenomenal”.
“The standard’s unreal, I could take the first second and third anywhere in the country and they’d be top 10 in any other competition. Orange still sets the standard for action sports in the Central West,” he said.
Sunday’s events kick off from 12 noon.
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