Esperance Edge of the Bay Festival has record crowds

The 2019 Edge of the Bay Festival has been hailed a success, with more than 3000 people taking in the action at the Esperance Foreshore on November 30.

Hosted by the Shire of Esperance, the annual event brought internationally renowned skateboarding talent to town for the coveted Battle of the Bay competition.

The competition attracted a record number of entrants from across the country who competed in BMX, scooter and skateboarding heats.

More than 50 market stalls and food vendours surrounded the skate park, with almost all food stalls selling out by evening.

For this first time, the event featured a Pop Up Bar hosted by Lucky Bay Brewing and patrons were encouraged to choose sustainability with reusable cups and water fill stations provided.

Crowds enjoyed live music from the Struggling Kings, James Wilson, Michael Dunstan and local favourite, Grand Casual.

Shire president Ian Mickel opened the event and said it was an opportunity to build community pride.

"Thank you to everyone involved in making this a fantastic event, it was great to see the Esperance Community come out and enjoy all the festivities," he said.

The Battle of the Bay competition saw pro skaters Kieran Woolley and George Richards compete against local and visiting talent.

Woolley and Richards recently returned from the OI STU Open in Rio de Janiero, with both skaters vying for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Woolley took out the Battle of the Bay men's open skateboard competition, followed closely by George Richards and Brendon Cross tied for second.

Woolley said Esperance was a fun park and great place to compete.

"Watching everyone skate and doing some commentary was super fun and the vibe out here is just amazing," he said.

"All the kids are crazy, they are so good I can't wait to see them in a few years."

"I love skating, just the feeling of being free and doing whatever you want is just amazing."

Competition founder and professional skater Renton Millar said the level of competition across all age groups was outstanding.

"It's a great skate park, a great location, the locals are really cool and I'm really stoked every time I get to come to Esperance," he said.

"It was really great to have George and Kieran come out from the east coast and all the people come out from all over Western Australia.

"The winners in all the division really pushed it, some great skating went down.

"The youngsters were shredding and all those kids really make the atmosphere great."

Lily Henry won the open women's skateboarding competition followed by Harper Brett and Ruby Carmichael.

Via Evans, Jake Smith and Jeschke Hmelninsky rounded out the top three in the under 16.

Axle Brett, Cruz Uros and Cruz Evans were the top three in the 12 and under category.

Owen Pennington won the open BMX, followed by Dave Berry and Jesse Talbot, and Felix Pearn.

Via Evans and Knox Brett were the top three in the under 15 category.

Brae Smith won the open scoot, followed by Kyran Covich and Jesse Talbot.

Jarvis Smallman, Valentino Ricupero and Tyron Van der Walt the top three under 15.

The Shire thanked event sponsors and partners including Horizon Power, Southern Ports, Healthway, the Esperance Civic Centre, Freightlines Group, Qube, Lucky Bay Brewing, KyzaPresents, Wayward Nation and Shredability.