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posted by James Willmott

11 YEAR OLD Keegan Palmer has taken out the Amateur Division of the Red Bull Skate Generation in Brazil, held last week. The Currumbin and Gold Coast local turned 11 in only mid March, and there was no better present than skateboarding with his idols. Competing in international competition and proving himself to the world was just an extra bonus.

The competition is held in the backyard of previous world number one skateboarder and Brazilian, Pedro Barros and is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. It allows for competitors to compete in four separate divisions, giving skateboarders such as Keegan a chance to show their skills and ability to the audiences all over the globe. These four divisions include Amateur, Professional, Pro Master and Pro Legend.



Gold Coast’s Keegan Palmer taking on the world at only 11 – Photo by NewsCorp Australia

It was very exciting being part of such an awesome competition, and winning the amateur section was ­amazing.”

“I went to Brazil last December to qualify for this one and I had to win both the qualifier and the semi-final to make it”.said Keegan



Keegan Palmer in Brazil – photo by NewsCorp Australia

As he said, Keegan travelled to Brazil last December to qualify for the event. He did so with ease, taking out the heats needed in order to qualify for this well-known Red Bull competition. After taking home the win in the Amateur Division, Keegan’s name is now permanently cemented in skateboarder’s minds, not to mention his very own trophy. Keegan and his family travelled to the southern island of Florianopolis in Brazil for two weeks and could not be more pleased with the result.

The youngster already has attracted interest from big name sponsors, including Hurley and Nike SB and although being the youngest competitor at the Red Bull event, no signs of intimidation showed.

Well known Australian professional skateboarder Renton Miller has already stated Keegan isone of the most exciting prospects from Australia for the future’ and many certainly agree. He has the support, skills and determination to take him a long way in the skateboarding world and this is only the beginning.

Now back on the Gold Coast, Keegan is back spending time skating the local parks (two of them for private use) and in the water on his surfboard. “It would be awesome if the Gold Coast hosted an international skating event, but I think we need a better bowl to host it in.” said Keegan. It sure is something we can all sit and wait for.

SurfStitch would like to congratulate Keegan on his amazing efforts in Brazil. We would also like to wish him the very best for his future endeavours as we all can’t wait to see what is in store.