By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
Kickflips, backside-crooks and ollies sound like a foreign language to most adults, but for the kids that showed up for the Stuck In Crescent City skateboard association's "2007 Skate Jam," it's a lifestyle.
"It's good so far, its just early still," said Jon DeShon, a SICC skateboard association member.
"I think the turnout was good, we got a lot of out-of-towners this year," said Kim Yost, director of SICC, after the jam was over.
The jam started at 10 a.m. to a relatively small crowd of about 25 people, but more arrived after the older kids started practicing before the competition.
Some skaters were there for more than just the competition, the SICC skateboard association "is looking for two more riders," Yost said.
"Those two will be found today," said a confident 16-year-old Juvenal Aguilera.
"I think our team is just as good as the sponsored skaters," said Aguilera about the Skate-park Association of America team riders. Aguilera also said "that two will be found today."
SPA helps communities in the process of building skate parks and holding competitions.
"Its kind of evolved over the years, most of the skate park builders are skaters," said Heidi Lemmon, director for SPA USA, about SPA's creation in 1996.
SPA team riders had to drive across most of California to get to the competition, according to Lemmon.
The SPA team drove from Los Angeles to Sacramento and made a stop in San Francisco to pick up another rider before arriving in Crescent City on Friday.
"We left at 7:30 a.m. and arrived here at 3:30 p.m.," said Lemmon about the 900-mile trip.
"My car only fits four people, including the driver," she said.
There were four age groups in the competition and a best trick competition. During practice runs between the competitions, everyone was allowed to skate.
Two of the SICC skateboard association team members placed first in their divisions, Allen Ness, 14, and Rob DeShon, 17. SICC team member Bobby Yost placed third in his division.
Parents of kids 18 and younger were required to sign an agreement acknowledging the dangers of skateboarding in order to compete.
The competition also was sponsored by the Tobacco Education and Prevention Technical Support Center.
Whether a competing skater or part of the audience, each guest was asked to sign a waiver that said they would refrain from smoking while at the park.
Thavisak "Lucky" Syphan-thong, owner of Lucky Star Realty and AMC Skateshop and board company in Eureka, supplied the winners with boards, shirts, donated stickers, clothing and created a public access channel commercial for the event.
Skate Jam's Winners
7 and Under Jackson
Bruder, first; Trevvor
Cushman, second; Isacc
8 to 11 Carlos Cardena,
first; Nico Cardena,
second; Kacey Soares;
12 to 15 Allen Ness,
first; Shawn DeArman,
second; Chase Dickey,
16 to 19: Robbie DeShon,
first; Jessie McDowell,
second; Bobbie Yost, third
Best Trick Contest:
Jessie McDowell, for a
nosegrind to a nollie
frontside 180 out.
The Language of Skateboarding
Backside When a turn or trick is executed in a direction that
the back of the body is facing the arc of the trick
Frontside When a turn or trick is executed in a direction that
the front of the body is facing toward the outside of the arc of
Grind To ride on an object like a ledge or handrail with just
the trucks making contact
50-50 A grind with the front and back trucks on the ledge, rail
Nollie A no-handed air performed by tapping the nose of the
board on the ground or ramp surface
Nosegrind Just the front truck is grinding
Ollie A no-handed air performed by tapping the tail of the
board on the ground or ramp surface. Named after Alan
180 Reversing the original direction of the body and
Trucks The axles that the skateboards wheels are attached to