Sam Buck goes for a trick on a pipe at Pipeline Skatepark in Juneau on Saturday, June 15.
A skateboarder tries to land on a pipe at Pipeline Skatepark in Juneau on Saturday, June 15, ahead of the "We're Back Trilogy" skateboard competition by Boarderline Alaska.
A skateboarder tries a trick on a box at Pipeline Skatepark in Juneau on Saturday, June 15, ahead of the "We're Back Trilogy" skateboard competition by Boarderline Alaska.
Story last updated at 6/19/2013 - 2:06 pm
The sun was bearing down on Juneau this weekend for abnormally high temperatures. The smell of sizzling hot dogs wafted through the air as sounds of high-impact skating clashed into the summer day.
About 20 registered skateboarders and a small crowd gathered at the Pipeline Skatepark to test their skill after a long winter.
Boarderline Alaska offered the first in the "We're Back Trilogy" skateboard competition on June 15.
Derek Liska, with Boarderline, said the competition is to get kids excited about boarding.
An hour before the competition those both competing and who just enjoy skating hit the ramps, testing out tricks and warming up for their 45-seconds of local fame.
Liska said with warmer weather, fewer skaters tend to turn out, but he feels the 20-skater turn out was good, along with a supportive crowd.
"They're doing really good," Liska said after the first of two rounds for the contestants. "Most people have been practicing all winter. They've been staying on their game and doing a lot of cool, new tricks."
Each skater got two rounds of 45 seconds to do whatever tricks they could try and pull off. There also was a "best trick" contest at the end.
Kaden Harris, 11, was the youngest to compete. He was up against teenagers and 20-30 year olds who'd varied in how long they've been flipping boards and jumping ramps.
Harris has only been at it a year, and got lots of positive encouragement from the older skaters, particularly for his handstands. He credits that trick to his base of gymnastics. During his runs he'd stand up on his hands on top of his board as it rolled along. Boarders thump their skateboards against the ground or wood in appreciation for a trick well done, and that sound echoed the room for Harris.
"My cousin Patrick owns Sequence," Harris said. "He was really good at skateboarding and suggested I try it."
Harris was pretty please with his performance on Saturday.
"I think I did pretty awesome," he said.
Alex Jones has been skateboarding for 13 or 14 years, at the recommendation of a friend (who also participated on Saturday).
"I've been doing alright," he said. "Not bad. I did a lot better than I thought I was going to do."
Jones thanks Sequence for the support the shop has given him over the years, keeping him going. He has a passion for the sport.
"It's just the fun and the passion; hanging out with your friends and the challenges - learning new tricks and pushing past the fear."
Riley Loveid, Jones and Max McVay came out on top at Saturday's competition.
The next two competitions, as part of the trilogy, will be mid-July and mid-August.
Sarah Day is the editor of Capital City Weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.