Nine-year old Dunsborough resident Cruz Uros has been named an Australian champion skateboarder.
Cruz finished first place in the Australian Skateboarding Federation series of Bowl/Park for 9 and Under 2019/20.
His father Timm Uros said they did not know he had won and found out randomly.
“He is sponsored by Soggybones in Dunsborough, the owner rang us to let us know he had been contacted by the Australian Skateboarding Federation and it looked like Cruz won,” he said.
“I asked him what he had won and he told me that he had won the Under 9 series in Australia.
The series works with a number of competitions that are held around Australia throughout the year.
Skateboarders are awarded points at each competition depending on their ranking, similar to ATP rankings in tennis.
At the end of the season the skateboarder with the highest amount of points wins.
Mr Uros said Cruz was a very humble kid and when he asked whether he was stoked to be named number one in Australia he simply said, yeah.
“I have been telling him since he was little to speak soft and do whatever it is you do loud,” he said.
“He is starting to win a fair few comps in surfing as well so he has a duel thing going on, down the track if he chooses to pursue sport he will have to make a choice which way he wants to go.”
Mr Uros said Cruz started skateboarding at two years old around the same time the City of Busselton built the skate park on the foreshore.
“He started here and when Luke at Soggybones opened his shop he was really supportive to all the kids,” he said.
“Down here it was all about surfing now there is starting to be more of a skate community and skating talent coming up the ranks.
“In the South West it is really because the city built the first bowl in Busselton.
“Now we get the big comps coming over and this year Cruz was the WA State Champion in skating.
“He is one of the skaters that just has that gift.”