In the 1990’s a group of kids from Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney Australia, changed the face of Bodyboarding forever with their rebellious zest for pushing boundaries and rutting with the establishment, the group were known as the Skid Kids and a movie celebrating their influence on the sport is set for release in November later this year. Holding On is a feature length documentary charting the Skid Kids rise to fame and the adventures the crew shared along the way.
Until this point in Bodyboarding the image of the sport was fairly clean cut with a structured approach to competition and ambassadors such as Jay Reale, Mike Stewart and Pat Caldwell dominated the sport. The Skid Kids rebelled against the ABA and the contest format at this time, and influenced by Matt Percy, Nathan ‘Nugget’ Purcell and Dave Ballard they started to hunt down and conquer waves of consequence in the Cronulla Area.
It was their charging at Shark Island and their gun ho attitude that soon saw them emerge from the shadows and change the face of Bodyboarding forever. Along with Mark Fordham, Adam ‘Wingnut’ Smith and Christian ‘ Rissole’ Rigucinni, the Skid Kids were soon dominating the magazines, the contests and living a life they could have only dreamed of a few years before. Holding On, directed by Simon Bruncke, tells the story of these heady days and contains loads of unseen archival footage as well as over 30 interviews with the Skid Kids and their peers of that era.
The official teaser video for Holding On can be seen below this article and the feature length movie is set for national cinema release in Australia in November. In the meantime you can keep up with all the news regarding Holding On and follow the blog at the official website here. Let us know if the Skid Kids had an influence on your Bodyboarding back in the 1990’s and how much do you think these lads from Sydney changed the sport even to this day?