Sunday, August 1, 2004
Its almost back-to-school, but not before Mission Skatepark gave the kids one last go at feeling free for the Summer. Having the contest on a Sunday was our only option, since a park down South planned a similar event on Saturday. The holy day didnҒt stop all the South Florida gangs and Georgia peaches from showing up and kicking some serious ass.
There was a small Beginner class, and every kid made it over the spine--most were even throwing no-footers over the hip! The 15 and Under class made me realize how good kids are getting at such a young age. 16 and Over was the same.
One kid even entered this class knowing full well that his age was 14. He proved he could hang with the big dogs, though, and even placed in the top threenot bad. Maybe he could have placed in Expert? That class was packed with Mission locals that knew all the lines, but they just couldnŒt seem to get it together.
A South Florida kid claimed the title, but the locals couldnt be snuffed out just like that. With OBMX putting up a crisp $100 bill for Best Trick and two other vigilantes putting in another $25, the 20-minute Best Trick event was the climax of the day. Three outstanding tricks were done: a 540 tail tap on the hitching post, a 540 air to manual to 180 out (without brakes), and an opposite wall tap on the beam seven-and-a-half feet up from the mini.Joey, the Mission boss, took the win with the opposite tap. The place was so packed that he had to do it with people all over the deck and even under the beam. He celebrated by taking his friends out for Mexican food.
A big thanks goes out to etnies for giving every kid that entered a shirt and hat, OBMX and Bully/Hammer for the Best Trick bucks and pizza, Primo, Premium, Esaych, UGP, Profile, Fit, Skatepark of Tampa and Baco Designs for giving product.