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First skateboard tournament is a hit


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By KRIS KOHLER
Sun Advocate reporter

Fuzzy's Bicycle Works hosts first annual skateboard competition last week drawing nearly 30 participants ranging from 6 to 21 years of age.

"I feel that this competition was a huge success," said Fuzzy Nance, owner of Fuzzy's Bicycle Works. "We really didn't know what to expect when we put this thing together but when it was all said and done everything ended up working out fine."

According to Fuzzy, this was the first of many competitions that will be held at the Price skate park. There will be more and more competitions in the upcoming months as long as there are participants that are willing to compete.

"Not only will we be hosting more skate tournaments but we will also be doing some BMX competitions as well," said Fuzzy. "Next year we will do a series of competitions that will enable us to come up with a ranking system. This will make things a little more interesting and quite possibly lead to some sponsorships for motivated skaters and bikers."

According to Fuzzy the winners of the competition received brand new skateboards and the runners up got t-shirts for prizes.

There were three categories in the competition, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The winner of the beginner flight was Kelly Jepson. Second place went to Isac Vigil and third went to Cole Tucker. In the Intermediate division, first place went to Shawn Temple. Second place went to Christian Hamilton, and third went to Antonio Cordova. In the advanced category first place was given to Cory Collard. Second place was given to Kody Smith and Derick Lujan came in third.

"This is something that the kids have been asking me to do for a long time and I am glad that it was such a success," quipped Fuzzy. "I was amazed at the skill of these kids and can't wait to do this again."

According to Wikipedia, skateboarding was probably born sometime in the late 1940's or early 1950's when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. No one knows who made the first board, rather, it seems that several people came up with similar ideas at around the same time. These first skateboarders started with wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. The boxes turned into planks, and eventually companies were producing decks of pressed layers of wood similar to the skateboard decks of today. During this time, skateboarding was seen as something to do for fun besides surfing, and was therefore often referred to as "Sidewalk Surfing."

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