Klein, Peirson bring home the prizes at SK8 competition
Nelson’s Stew Klein and Levi Peirson of Slocan City topped the prize category at the SK8 Skateboard Competition Sunday in Castlegar.
The Castlegar competition is the latest stop on the 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series.
Klein wowed the judges with some flawless skateboarding to edge Dan Larson of the Sunflower City in the 15-plus-division.
Boarder Ben Demoskoff of Glade finished third.
Meanwhile in the 14-year-old-division Peirson continued his fine form two capture the title away from Michael Graham of Castlegar.
Franky Bergmann of Slocan City took home third place.
The Kootenay Skateboard Series started last year as an idea to get kids off the streets, instead giving competitors a chance to shine on tracks in various cities.
Each event on tour has its own separate format and is individually sponsored but is sanctioned as part of the series.
Some of the ideas include game of skate (skateboarding version of Horse), jams format that has competitors scored on style, speed and tricks or just tricks.
Helmets are mandatory.
Divisions this season include under-14 years and 15-plus open. There is also room at events to have a women’s category.
Competitors receive 50 points just for showing up. Other points are accumulated on a sliding points scale — first 10 points, second nine points, third eight points, fourth seven points, fifth six points.
Castlegar is the third stop on the circuit. The 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series opened during Trail Silver City Days before heading to Kaslo for May Days.
Next stop on the tour is in the Heritage City, June 17th at the Nelson and District Youth Centre.
For more information check out the series website at http://bcskateboarding.org/2010-kss
Fundraiser Weekend for Boarders
Skateboarders will not want to miss a couple of upcoming events set for Friday in Castlegar and Saturday in Nelson at Finley’s Bar and Grill.
Friday, at the Black Russian SK8shop in Castlegar, Mia is presenting the Art Show “Warrior”.
The show was inspired by former skateboard star Josh Evin.
There are skate ramps, a barbecue and free love all day.
The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Black Russian SK8shop, 1335 Columbia Ave.
Saturday, there is a fundraiser for the Nelson SK8 Park at Finley’s Bar and Grill.
Unfortunately, this event is only open to patrons over the age of 19.
For a $10 donation, there are prizes for best party costumes.