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Freestyle Scooter Championships

Barney meets freestyle scooter ace Jamie Hull to learn some tricks and watches Jamie perform at a major competition.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Chances are, you've probably seen one of these before. It's a scooter.

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Loads of fun, aren't they?

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You can ride to your friend's house, you can ride around town

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and when you get really confident on them, you can go quite fast.

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Then there are other people who take it one step further.

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Well, quite a lot further.

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Freestyle scooter is taking life on two wheels to the next level,

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using speed and skill to perform some frankly unbelievable stunts.

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And right now, the guy who has performed the world's best trick

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just so happens to live in Liverpool.

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Jamie Hull can do things on a scooter most of us can only dream of.

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By the age of 15, he's already one of the best in the UK.

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So will he be able to pass on some of those skills to me?

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Jamie, let's talk about how you've got to where you are now.

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I've been riding for about five or six years now.

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I just won the World's Best Trick in Barcelona.

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Such a big achievement.

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I did a double backflip, double tailwhip. Landed it second go.

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I really want to give this a go,

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but I feel like I need more safety gear on.

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Yeah, what I wear is a helmet, a certified helmet,

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some bum pads, shin pads so the scooter doesn't hit me

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in the shins, and I have ankle pads as well so it doesn't do the same.

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OK, so safety gear in place. Do you reckon I can do something today?

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-You can. I'm feeling confident.

-I'm glad you are.

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All right, then. Let's do it.

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'So with all the correct gear on, Jamie's going to show me how to get

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'the most out of my scooter

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'and we begin with how to set off on a ramp or "dropping in".

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'Which I'm told is harder than it looks.'

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Your most comfortable foot, put it on the deck and whilst it's on,

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you can put the other one to the side

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and just drop in like this slowly.

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-Then put it back on.

-Simple as that.

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'I can confirm it is harder than it looks.

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'But, slowly, I get the hang of it

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'so Jamie thinks I could try a bigger ramp.

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'What could possibly go wrong?'

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Like that?

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'So that's why you need the safety gear.

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'I'm fine and Jamie shows me where I'm going wrong.'

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Just make sure your knees act like a suspension when you drop in

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and that they go down and then when you're, like, in the middle,

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stand up again so you've got your balance.

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OK. So knees are suspension, keep lower down.

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When do we start doing backflips?

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'Yeah, maybe not.'

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I want you to try and jump off the side up there.

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-I'll show you first.

-Just like that.

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Oh, that was it!

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'Yes, that is me jumping off a ramp and loving it.

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'But if I'm going to take on any really big jumps,

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'I need to get used to the foam pit.'

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'This pit allows riders to safely practice more advanced tricks,

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'so Jamie wants me

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'to get used to feeling the full force of the foam on my face.'

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Here we go.

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How was that, Jamie?

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It was really good, just a bit more practice

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and then you'll be able to get it better.

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-Maybe now's a good time for you to show us what you can do.

-Will do.

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I'm going to stay here for a sec.

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'What I didn't mention before is that Jamie isn't just here to help me.

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'Oh, no. He's here to train,

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'because tomorrow, right here, it's the European Championships

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'and he's competing. No biggie, then.'

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It's the next morning, it's competition day. And, as you can see,

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athletes have turned up from all over the world

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-and they're excited to be here, aren't they? ALL:

-Yeah!

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And what they're about to do is awesome and it all happens in here.

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There are two competitions today - the amateurs and the pros.

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Jamie hasn't arrived yet, he's a pro, but the amateur competitors

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are warming up and getting ready to show us what they're made of.

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It is one of most exciting things I've been to for a long, long time.

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I'm going to shut up, we're going to watch the action. Here we go.

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These are the amateurs.

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What's it going to be like this afternoon

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when Jamie shows us what he can do? I cannot wait.

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'It really is mind-blowing what these guys can do with a scooter

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'and it just gets better and better.

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'Then the pros arrive and Jamie sets foot on top of the ramp

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'to begin his first run and he starts with this...'

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Yeah!

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And that's how you start a pro competition. Absolutely flawless.

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Every single move executed with perfection.

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'With Jamie's second run, he goes even bigger, and who can blame him?

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'Finish in the top five and he earns a place at the World Championships.

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'So, as the judges make up their mind,

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'you can really feel the tension.

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'Brilliantly, he finishes fifth,

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'so he is going to the World Championships.

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'A great finish to a great day.'

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I have been nothing short of inspired

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and I've been working on my latest trick. Do you want to see it?

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Here we go.

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See. There you go.

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It's amazing what a bit of inspiration can do for you, isn't it?

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-Was that good, Barney?

-Get down, Jamie.

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OK, fine, Jamie did the jump. But I was inspired. Thanks for that.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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