Suffolk Park skater Joey Cormack won the national final of the Australian Skateboarding League held in Melbourne earlier this month.
The 18-year-old former Byron High student has dedicated his life to skating after the Suffolk Park skatepark was built around 10 years ago, according to mum Bree Franklyn.
‘It was a turning point. Since then he has been fully committed. It’s his main sport,’ she said.
He competes whenever he can and this was his first national win after starting to compete in the open-age division. He was also the youngest competitor in this year’s event.
Joey not only took on Australia’s best street skaters but also collected points that contribute to a new global ranking system.
The event and others like it provide a pathway into a professional skateboarder career largely based in the United States.
Joey has been directly involved with the design and planning of the Suffolk Park skatepark expansion and is also campaigning for the development and funding for a Byron Bay skatepark.
The ASL national finals took place at the Riverside skatepark and were part of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival.