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PUBLISHED: 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Not just for the youngsters
Bandikoots premiere movie on extreme scooter tricks

Courtesy photo The Juneau scooter group
  The Bandikoots, will premiere their extreme tricks movie at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Centennial Hall.
Scooters are not just for children. At least not to members of the extreme scooter club the Bandikoots, made up of teenagers who have had a razor scooter team for about five years.

"Every stairs you've seen in Juneau we've probably jumped down," Donovan Bell, 18, said. "Every trick you see on a skateboard can be done on a scooter."

To expose the sport of extreme scooter tricks, the Bandikoots have filmed and edited a movie, which will premiere at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Centennial Hall.

Bell said members of the team have had a variety of injuries from their tricks such as concussions, broken bones and scratches.

"We've definitely all had injuries, but it's well worth it because we have so much fun doing it," Bell said. "Hopefully this movie will help pay off our medical bills."

Scooter trickster Will Geiger, 16, said their parents are supportive of the sport and the movie.

"They love it that we're doing something active outside," Geiger said.

"Most people think scootering is just for little kids, but we've brought it back for the older kids."

Admission to the movie premiere is $3 for 21 and under and $5 for anyone older than 21. Bell said the movie also will be sold at local skate shops in Juneau.

"We're not trying to make money on it, but we're just trying not to lose money," Bell said. "We just want everyone to see it."


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