Skateboard contest a focus at the 4th of July
This coming Monday’s Old Fashioned 4th of July marks the official opening of the Blaine Skatepark with a competition that will last all afternoon and that promises to draw hundreds of competitors in four different categories.
“It’s a skateboard only contest,” said Andrew Riser of the Blaine Extreme Sports Club, builder of the park and sponsor of the competition, “but we’ll have demonstration rides by some really good BMX riders.” One of them is Riser himself, an accomplished competitive rider who turned professional to become an exhibition rider. Riser’s sponsors — Animal Bikes, Solid Bikes and FSA Components — have sent him all over North American and Europe showing off their hardware.
Calling the competition will be a local area rider who goes by the name of Frost, and several area stores have donated major prizes to the competition. The event is led by The Edge, a new skateboard shop in Bellingham, and prizes ranging from new boards to components to gift cards have also been donated by B.C. Surf and Sport, Zumiez and Washington Wind Sports.
“The big deal is the raffle,” Riser said, a fund-raising effort that offers a $275 gift card at The Edge as top prize for a $1 ticket. Second prize is $250 from Zumiez, and third is $100 in groceries from the Blaine Cost Cutter. Tickets are available at Border Brew, Steamers, Red White & Brew and at Beth the Barber’s, or from anyone affiliated with the Blaine Extreme Sports Club such as Riser, Dori Binder or Blaine policeman Jon Landis.
A lot of skateboarders will be in the parade, carried en masse in Bob Cabezon’s spit and polished dump truck, a machine that saw a lot of duty early on as one of several volunteered pieces of heavy equipment when the skate park was being excavated. Following the parade the competition gets underway at 2 p.m. Registration is $10 at the event and helmets are mandatory.
The four classes are by age: 11-14, 15-19, 20-30 and a master’s category for those over 30. Judges are being furnished by The Edge and Zumiez.
The competition, in a “jam” format where four or five competitors go off at the same time, will conclude at 6 p.m. with the drawing for the raffle prizes.