Jakarta. The Covid-19 pandemic does not stop children from learning ollies and flip tricks in the skate bowl.
Kindergarten and elementary school students were eager to practice the roller sport at the private skatepark owned by Crooz School of Skate in Duren Tiga, South Jakarta, on Wednesday. Renown Indonesian skater Ricco Pramono was present as coach to teach his best skateboarding tricks.
The Crooz school aims to make skateboarding a sport for everyone and discover hidden talents.
Since its establishment months ago, the school has trained dozens of children who regularly visit the skatepark twice a week.
The classes nurture a supportive environment for both the coach and students. Skateboarding also helps children move their bodies and release the fatigue after being home-ridden for months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The skatepark implements strict health protocols, including maintaining a safe physical distance.
Every student brings their own equipment. In addition to the basic safety gear such as helments, knee and elbow pads, both trainers and students must wear masks and face shields to avoid virus transmission.
Skateboarding has been on the rise in Indonesia with young talents emerging.
At the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, 12-year-old Bunga Nyimas won a bronze medal for the street skateboarding with 19.8 points. Also in the same category, Aliqa Novery who was as young as nine collected 13.3 points and thus making her sixth place.
Bunga also scored a silver medal for park skateboarding at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philipines.