Since coming into the Kootenay’s 15 years ago I have checked in at the NDYC. There has always been something positive happening for the youth in Nelson. The indoor skatepark has been through many changes but has remained a fixture for young and old who wish to pursue the activity of skateboarding.
Among the many events that are held for youth here Tribute Boardshop’s annual Game of S.K.A.T.E is a very popular one for skaters. For the fourth year this event is part of the Kootenay Skateboard Series.
Check out this vid from last years event.
After another nervous week watching the weather the sky still looked grey early Sunday. The morning turned out to be fine with a solid number of beginners rolling around the Castlegar Skatepark. Our coaching sessions reinforced the fundamentals of skateboarding including stance, body position, stopping, bailing out, turning and skatepark etiquette.
I strongly feel that incorporating a coaching clinic within the days activities really gives young aspiring skaters an opportunity to see where they can get to if they get out and practice.
The rain came down for 15 mins but within 20 minutes the Spectrum built park was dry again and ready for more skateboarding. Shuggy Milligan, bcskateboarding.org Co-founder, got the dogs grilling keeping everyone fueled up for the session.
Next the intermediate group with participants from South Slocan, Nelson and Castlegar skated really well putting showing outstanding skateboarding.
With the sun out we decided to have a best trick on the bank. Everyone skated hard and was one of the highlights of the day.
To finish off the day the advanced skaters from Salmo, Castlegar, Nelson gathered and had some fun with sounds by https://soundcloud.com/e-lev-8.
Overall it was an amazing day in Castlegar. Thanks to Riston, Jesse and all the helpers who helped make this event a success. Our series sponsors and also our local sponsor Mallard Source for Sports. Check out some of the photos from Spencer and Skylar here: https://www.facebook.com/KootenaySkateboardSeries Our next event is at the NDYC in Nelson on June 21st for Go Skateboarding Day.
Castlegar Rotary Skatepark, built in 2003 and now celebrating it’s 10th year, will be hosting stop #2 of the 2013 Kootenay Skateboard Series.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/154710181376000/
10am – 12pm
The morning of each event will be dedicated to the beginner skateboards young and old.
12pm to 12:30pm
Around midday we will be having a lunch break
1pm to 4pm
Later in the day we will showcase the talents of the intermediate and advanced riders.
After a nervous week watching the weather Sunday at the Kaslo Skatepark turned out to be superb.
Our coaching clinic was a great success with youngsters practicing some solid fundamentals skills including stance, stopping, falling, turning, body position. Both boys and girls increased their confidence with the parents happy to watch them challenge themselves on the skateboard. Big thanks to our series for the prizes to keep the kids rolling with skateboarding.
Around lunchtime the May Days crowd surged into watch all ages of skateboarding enjoying the sunshine. In the intermediate group the skaters decided on a 2 run x 2 minute format. Judges checked out their control, speed and creative expression.
The crowd were really appreciative of their skills which pumped up the skaters even more.
A dedicated bunch of advanced skaters from Salmo, Nelson, Kaslo, Castlegar enjoyed some great runs. Trevor Frame was looking solid early on with some huge launches out of the bowl. Unfortunately going down hard on a back three out Trevor took some time out and watch Coddi, Chuck and Tom remain a touch more consistent.
A huge thanks to all the skaters mums and dads and our series supporters for making this event a huge success. I would also like to thank my helpers Laura, Chuck, and Jeff. More photos by Spencer Legebokoff on our Facebook page.
Next event is in Castlegar for Sunfest weekend, Sunday June 2nd 10am to 4pm.
May 19th is coming quick for our first event of the 2013 Kootenay Skateboard Series. Kalso May Days is in it’s 120th year and we are thrilled to be apart of this historical weekend!
Levi Peirson @ Kaslo 2012
Check out how Kalso made their skatepark
We are very thankful to have the support of http://kootenays.myezrock.com/ to help spread the word across the Kootenay’s about skateboarding.