Skating to the top

After initially planning to attend next month’s Buskers by the Creek as a spectator, Emily Kafoa is now preparing to take part in the event with Girls Skate Gold Coast.

After a two-year hiatus, the legendary floating half-pipe will return to the award-winning Buskers by the Creek from 19 – 20 October, providing the most memorable of stages for an assortment of talented BMX and skateboard riders to showcase their best tricks and flips.

Among them will be Kafoa, who has established herself as a trailblazer in the local skate community by founding Girls Skate Gold Coast, which is encouraging more females to take up the sport thanks to regular meet-ups and events at local parks and a growing social media presence.

Shredding into this years event, Kafoa plans to pave the way for greater inclusivity in female skateboarding, which otherwise has been a heavily male-dominated industry for decades.

“I was devastated that I missed out on seeing it the first time,” the 26-year-old said of when the 2016 Buskers by the Creek made history by hosting Australia’s first-ever floating half-pipe in the middle of picturesque Currumbin Creek.

“When I heard it was coming back this year, I thought ‘I’m definitely going to see it this time’ and then the organisers contacted me to say they wanted us to be part of the show. I thought it’d be cool to just watch others from the shoreline but now I’m going to be out there with them.”

After starting skating as an eight-year-old Emily, who grew up in Coolangatta, decided the community needed its own outlet for skaters, taking the responsibility on herself.

“I started Girls Skate Gold Coast earlier this year because I want to make it easier for other girls and women to pursue their passion for the sport,” she said. “Girls skating is growing and that’s proven by Buskers by the Creek inviting us to show what we can do on the floating half-pipe.”

Having earned a reputation as a world-leading busking festival since 2014, Buskers by the Creek will return to Currumbin from 18 – 20 October with more than 300 local, national and international acts to entertain an expected 20,000-plus people across 14 stages.

The prestigious Battle of the Buskers will also see top singer/songwriters go guitar to banjo on 18 October to win a suite of coveted prizes, with last year’s champion ‘Tones and I’ having since gone on to boast three hit songs in the ARIA Charts, including No. 1 smash ‘Dance Monkey’.

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