ST. GEORGE – The last skateboarding competition of the season put on by the City of St. George Recreation Department and sponsored by Lip Trix was a huge success. Skateboard athletes from age 5 to age 29 competed for prizes and bragging rights Friday night at the St. George Sk8 Park.
The main sponsor of the Late Skate Competition, Lip Trix, distributed over $2,000 in prizes to both competitors and attending fans. Pizza, cookies and drinks kept everybody fueled for the event.
The competitors in the youth, beginner and intermediate classes each had two 45-second freestyle runs with combined points determining the winners. The open class ran two-minute runs with three competitors running at a time.
There were plenty of grinds, fakie 5-0, kickflips and high flying to keep the crowd of parents and spectators entertained. All the competitors were from St. George except for Sean Rigby who made this an international event by coming all the way from Canada.
“Only minor bumps and bruises dotted the evening when 5-year-old Milo slapped his face on the concrete and Joey got a bunk foot. Tyler Cottom was probably quite sore from hucking himself into the big bowl over and over,” Lip Trix owner Kris Ripplinger said. “All in all it was a great and safe event.”
“This is sure a lot better than sitting on the couch playing video games,” Ripplinger said. “Skateboarding is so rad. You are your own coach and you can be as good as you want to be.”
The St. George Sk8 Park offers youth a venue for both exercise and entertainment, evidenced by smiles on the faces of both kids and young adults using the park.
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In the open class for ages over 16: Winner Stetson Jeppson, second place Bryan Stewart, third place Brady Holt.
In the age 13-15 class: Winner Logan Marshall, second place Kaden, third place Kaitlyn.
In the age 9-12 class: Winner Tysen Williams, second place Blake Landon, third place Sterling Jeppson.
In the novice class, ages 8 and under: Winner Blayjan Romerell, second place Milo.
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Ed. note: Last names of children included as provided.
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