STAWELL’S Jai Walker competed at the final installment of the Nitro World Games as one of the best 23 freestyle scooter athletes in the world.
The best scooter trick competition in Paris, France, was narrowed down to a group of finalists.
Walker thought he performed well although wasn’t able to hold his tricks.
“I landed all my tricks in the 40 minute warm up. I was annoyed I didn’t get land any in the final,” he said.
The ramp used for the competition was called the “Giganta” ramp, hailed as the “best ramp ever built” in the sport.
The portable ramp which fits into venues all around the world launches the athletes over five stories high in the air.
"I haven’t ridden on the Giganta since I was injured earlier in the year,” he said.
“I still can’t feel three of my fingers and have no feeling in my forearm.”
Each rider received three runs in the qualifier and the best two count.
Riders couldn’t repeat a trick and the top 12 made it through to the final.
“The tricks I was trying to execute were the double front flip, double tailwhip and double front flip tuck no hander,” he said.
“We tell the judges what tricks we will perform so if we don’t quite execute the trick or only part of it we lose points.”
Judges scored each trick solely on overall impression, which is defined as a degree of difficulty, extension, length of hold, landing spot, landing execution and height.
“The judges don’t compare tricks and score each trick on its own execution,” he said.
Walker said it was an “awesome” experience to be invited to his second Nitro Games.
“I am excited in what the new year will bring. I will be riding ready and stronger,” he said.
Five competitors from Australia were among the best in the world at the event.
“Australia should be proud of everyone who competes in any competition, but to make it onto the world stage is really something special,” he said.
“It’s frustrating there aren’t facilities close to home where I can practise and prepare to events like this.
“It would be awesome to have an accessible indoor facility with foam pits and the ability to teach younger kids how to ride in a safe environment.”
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