12th annual Skateboard Challenge Aug. 1

  • Written by Woodinville Rotary

Skateboarders from throughout the region will compete Aug. 1 in the 12th annual Skateboard Challenge at Rotary Community Park in Woodinville.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Woodinville Rotary Club with the support of a community grant from the city of Woodinville.

Things start happening at 10 a.m. with registration and course practice runs. Competition in four divisions is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m., according to event coordinator and Challenge Manager Pam Miller. There is a $10 entry fee.

“For skaters in this area, this is their Super Bowl or state championship equivalent,” noted Rotary president Jeff Lair of Crystal Lake. “Rotary is solidly behind this program to recognize the skill and determination of the competitive skaters and skateboard-supporting families in our greater community. This is their day to really shine.”

Divisions are held for skaters 10 and under, from 11 to 15 years, 16 and older and for girls. Skaters with sponsors will compete for prize money in the Tricks for Ethan Zakes competition.

Joel Cendejas of Des Moines garnered top honors in the 2014 event. Prizes this year will include one going to the $300 Rotary Best Tricks contest winner. Division winners will earn a special plaque from Northwest Trophy with runners-up in each division also receiving prize packages donated by the event’s supporters and sponsors.

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