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Don’t call it a rainout

Dear Editor:”The Carbondale Run” national skateboard contest was not rained out! The boys at HRC and Thrasher worked with the town and mainly Chris “Woodsie” Woods to make the best of a crappy weather weekend. The Western Slope Skateboard Alliance ran a local competition on Friday, kicking things off righteously. And then the rains came…Power outages, slick concrete, mud everywhere … whatever. When there are 20-plus of the world’s best riders, hundreds of other rippers plus thousands of eager spectators coming from all over the country, you gotta make something happen. So the scene was not pretty, but skateboarding is not pretty to begin with. Skateboarding of this style (big and fast-flowing concrete) is raw.Anyway, we had a best trick jam on the Volcom volcano. A full-pipe challenge went down (upside down). The full-pipe ceiling roll-ins were constant entertainment (rain or shine). And then a jam was thrown down in the park. Just like the ads said, no heats or points, just full-on skating mayhem.Who cares who won? We got to see Lance Mountain skate our park. Darrel Stanton, Ryan Sheckler, Jamie Thomas, Chris Senn, and Omar Hassan were skating around with us. Al Partenan and Benji Calloway would of definitely walked away with some prize money, maybe they did.As Woodsie told me, “It’s just the first year, it is only going to get more organized.” We survived, we thrived. Let’s DO IT AGAIN next year!Petar KovacicSkateboard activistEl Jebel

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