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Cool kids go for an icy ride in the park
Josh, 12 and Brandon, 9, Lawrence try ice blocking at Smart Park, Spearwood. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

Snow would not stand a chance in Perth at this time of year, but an unusual pastime called "ice blocking" has had children hitting the slopes in the school holidays.

Dubbed "reverse sledding" because it is best done on grass in warmer climates, ice blocking involves racing to the bottom of a hill sitting on a big block of ice.

In a bid to tap into the recreation market, Perth iceworks and bottle shops are selling 14kg blocks of ice with a piece of rope frozen into the front for a handle.

Welshpool Ice Supply owner Bob Watson said he started making the ice blocks about 15 years ago.

Mr Watson said he sold up to 40 of the "sliding slabs" a week.

Kardinya mother-of-four Donna Lawrence's sons Josh, 12, and Brandon, 9, were enjoying the pastime at Smart Park in Spearwood yesterday.

Ms Lawrence said Josh had an ice blocking party to celebrate his 12th birthday at the park last week.

"They all had a great time," she said. "There were lots of stacks but nobody got hurt."

The West Australian

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