Summer starter | Doing it for the kids

To celebrate the first day of summer today, LKI gave five kids living with cystic fibrosis a day of wake and skate action they’ll never forget.

LKI invited the five Queensland families to our legendary wakeboard athlete Cobe France’s Gold Coast house where they had the opportunity to spend the morning with Cobe, three skaters, Simon Prakash, Haylie Powell and Cooper Ladd, and LKI athletes Brendan Paige and Scott Wilkings


As well as private skate demos, the kids had the chance to jump on the wake boat and witness Cobe tear up his home spot, and have one-on-one skating lessons with the athletes on the mini-halfpipe.

“It was such an awesome day and to see the kids all frothing, you couldn’t keep the smiles of our faces,” LKI founder Jason Daniel says. “It was the perfect way to see in the first day of summer.”

Cystic Fibrosis is something close to the heart of LKI, with the Daniel family’s cousin – and long-time LKI staff member – Blake, living with the condition.

“It’s always something we’ve supported, as we know what Blake’s experienced,” Jason says. “He’s 25 and married now and was on hand today to support the families and answer any questions they had about what he’s been through.”

The morning, which was featured on both Channel 9 and Seven news, was such a success that plans are afoot to make it an annual event and extend the offer to more CF kids living in Queensland.

LKI supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland and Cystic Fibrosis Australia with its bounce balls that you can buy right here. All proceeds go to the two organisations.

In a week’s time, and with the help of the St George Foundation, we’ll also be launching a backpack designed specifically with CF kids in mind. Each Queensland child living with the condition will receive the pack free of charge.