By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
The Stuck In Crescent City skateboard association's Skate Jam starts Saturday, weather permitting.
The SICC skateboard association, led by Kim Yost, is putting on the event with the help of numerous local and a few outside sponsors. The event is also strictly non-smoking, and SICC association members will provide security.
"Have a good time and raise awareness in the community for skateboarding and anti-smoking," said Yost about the reasons behind the skate jam.
About 60 riders typically participate in the event, Yost said.
Skaters that want to enter the competition and anyone who wants to watch are invited to attend.
The theme for this year's jam is "Extreme Sports Extreme Lungs" because the event also is co-sponsored by the Tobacco Education and Prevention Technical Support Center.
The SICC association has 70 skateboard decks to "be used for the jam (this years) and for future events," said Yost, the SICC associations director.
"Only about 15 decks will be used for give-aways and prizes for the event," said Yost.
The Skate Park Association of the United States of America provided guidance and located insurance for the event. SPA team skaters will also be at the event.
SPA also located Lloyd's of London to provide insurance for the event.
Community organizations, Native-American organizations and local businesses came together with donations for the competition.
Elk Valley Rancheria provided $2,500 for a grant for the skate-jam.
After the competition is over the California Rural Indian Health Board will write a check back to Elk Valley Rancheria. The Smith River North California Indian Development Center donated $300 for the event. Chetco Federal Credit Union and Bill Cochran from Northwest Insurance donated $100 each for the event.
Local businesses also donated to the jam.
Java Hut donated coffee vouchers for prizes or give-aways at the competition. Noll Surf and Skate donated shirts, beanies, decks, wheels and stickers according to Beverly Noll, the shop manager. Noll said she was involved in the five year process of getting the skatepark built.
"To see someone pick it up (the skate jam) and run with it like like KIm did is really exciting for me," Noll said about Yost's efforts.
Coming Attraction's Movie Theater donated movie-passes for the cause.
Local food-chains Taco-Bell, McDonalds, Dutch Brothers, Burger King, Jack-in-The-Box also donated food-vouchers and coupons for the the event.
"The food vouchers will be given to the SPA team riders," Yost said.
Bleachers provided by the Del Norte County Fairgrounds and brought to the skatepark with a truck and trailer from the Yurok tribe will be set up for people who just want to watch.
Zumiez, in Medford, Ore., donated a few boxes of skateboard-decks and offered the SICC skateboard association forty-percent off any purchases made for the event.
Zumiez also donated T-shirts, stickers, shoes, sweatshirts and banners to the association.
Donations from DC Shoe Company of shirts, stickers, shoes and hats were also received.
Yost said that she wouldn't use all of the donations at once, and that she is "planning on more events in the future."
The donated items will be used for the winners in each age-group.
Skate Jam 2007
What: The Skate Jam
Competition starts at 10
a.m. for riders under 11
and at 1 p.m. for 12 and
Who: Skateboarders of
ages 4 and older are
invited to enter the
Registration: 9 a.m. for
11 and under riders, 12
and over riders from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Crescent City
Skatepark, Fifth Street
uphill from the sheriff's