A visit to Reefton wouldn’t be complete without calling round to the local skate park. For such a small village and community this park is a huge asset.
Our friend Richard was unaware of what he was about to see and he was blown away with the scale of the park.
We were hoping some of the locals might be there so we could see the park being used in all her glory. There was one young man when we arrived.
What a lovely lad – greeted us with a smile and when we asked if it would be ok to take some photos he was happy to oblige. Ducking and diving, twisting and weaving – ok so yes I have absolutely no idea what the correct terminology is!
Soon some more young people arrived to join in the fun.
Again I have no idea how to describe their moves other than to say they were awesome!
There was one stand out star of the park – young lad called William. All these kids were so personable and friendly but it was William’s skill at the park that blew us all away. Even his friends looked on in awe.
William had Stephen and Richard in the palm of his hand – directing them for the best place to be to get photos of his moves. He played beautifully for the camera. But also gave his friends pointers on how to do a move or improve on a move which was wonderful to see.
Knowing we were spending the night in Reefton the lads suggested we come back in the evening when the lights were on as they would be back to “bust some moves” (sorry!) under the night-lights.
Well that was an invitation too good to refuse. Back we came and William put on an even better show. Stephen had a good chat with him and it was enlightening spending time with such a talented yet humble young man.
Reefton should be proud of this facility – it is a great community asset but more importantly they should be very proud of these young men that were wonderful ambassadors for their town and their skate park.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They love the West Coast and enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many things and place that make up the West Coast of the Southern Alps. Named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world.