For regular beach walkers in Palavakkam, it is a familiar sight to watch L.R. Jeevan zip past them in a skate board every evening.
Unlike the traditional skates worn on each foot, the skate board is a single wooden contraption.
Eight-year-old Jeevan, a Third Standard student of St. Michael's Academy, Adyar, is a skating enthusiast and has been undergoing week-end coaching at the Besant Nagar Skating Rink for the last two years.
His father Lokeshwaran, a TNEB employee, says: “Jeevan has participated in several club-level competitions and won some prizes too. Seeing his enthusiasm, I bought the skate board in Singapore while we were holidaying there this summer.”
He says that kids in Singapore use the skate board like a cycle to move around.
“I saw them play with the skate board all the time and they even used them to go shopping or visit friends.”
Jeevan learnt to use the board after undergoing training there for two weeks.
Since returning home, Jeevan and the skate board are inseparable.
He used a good part of the summer holidays to balance himself well and manoeuvre the new gear.
Looking for a trainer
Now his father is looking for a suitable trainer in the city.
Jeevan uses the regular skates for his coaching in the Besant Nagar rink. His mother, Stella Jasmine Ratna, takes him to the rink for practice during week-ends. On week days, Jeevan practices in the evening with his skate board on the beach road in Palavakkam.
“I have found that there is no one in Chennai to teach skating with this board. I have even searched the net. Since skate board competitions are held abroad, I want Jeevan to master this sport and take part in such events. Hopefully, I will be able to find someone,” says Mr. Lokeshwaran, a resident of Palavakkam.
Mr. Lokeswaran can be reached at 97104 44460.
The skate board that Jeevan uses is a novelty in the city.