Who very well knows about that is Nick Petropoulos who proudly talks about Keefer and his next participation in the X Games Sydney 2018, for the first-ever X Games event on Australian soil. It sounds as if he was living it in his own flesh. And how not? He is the founder of Og Melbourne rollerbladers, a group of senior rollers that are back in the game!
(Photo:MegaRamp under construction)
Nick has been supporting and dreaming next to Keefer, helping his family to build the Mega Ranch. The only accessible mega ramp for the public that gives riders the chance to learn how to ride and access to professional action sports athletes in Australia.
The idea came up from Peter Wilson - Keefer’s father - when he noticed a gap in Australia about no facilities available for skateboarders to train for the big air competitions.
“I wanted to help the BMX Riders and skateboarders in Australia to have a place to train on, and potentially reach the X Games Level...thus on South East of Melbourne, the Mega Ranch is being created”, Peter W.
And Peter made it! His son, Keefer, has been invited to participate in the Sydney 2018 X Games, which will be held on 19-21 October at Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park. Keefer will be the youngest of the competition! (Get your tickets HERE)
The celebration around every trick on the air by Keefer - like this 360 tail grab on the video - is encouraged by Ruth and Peter Wilson (parents), Alysa and Chloe, his sisters.
”I feel really excited to be part of the crew and witness all this. The vibe at Mega Ranch is at an all high, and the famy is so proud of Keefer getting his invite to the games…”, Nick Petropoulos.
(Photo: Nick, Keffer, Alysa and Tas Pappas, professional skateboarder participating on the X Games as well)
To be a rider is fun! And also sometimes hard but if we just dedicate ourselves to make art with our feet creating figures, jumps, displacements, we could achieve tricks like this Mctwist, Keefer’s favourite trick. That is what matter most, take out the artist we have inside, slipping on a skateboard.
FLOP - as the big family we are - supporting the young talent and urban sports, we proudly applaud and congratulate the little rider Keefer, who is already on the big leagues. Just flow in the ramps and be yourself. The best vibes and shine your talent at the upcoming Sydney 2018 X Games.
Nick has been part of the family FLOP since we arrive in Australia. He is the one distributing our supplies in Victoria, and a true representative of FLOP philosophy, which is to support runners no matter where they come from or how they are, simply for being an artist on wheels. We believe in them!
With this unconditional prop up and the belief that we can all be good, Nick has become our ambassador in Melbourne and its surroundings. Now, is the turn of Mega Ramp and Keefer to be flying on the big leagues, who knows who is next.
“…This experience has completely inspired me as an older skater, pushing myself to the limits harder than ever before. I'm so lucky to have this in my life”, Nick Petropoulos.