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Piping hot talent visits Carbondale

John Schroyer
Glenwood Springs correspondent

Adam Sobke, 11, of Glenwood Springs, skates at the Concrete Cup skateboard competition Saturday in Carbondale. Sobke finished second in the intermediate division.

Late Saturday morning, temperatures in the 90s didn’t deter local skaters from enjoying themselves at Carbondale’s Concrete Cup skateboarding competition.

“It’s really awesome,” said Jordan Wood, who took first place in both the advanced category and the full-pipe best-trick competition. When Wood skated, oohs and aahs repeatedly emanated from the small crowd as he repeatedly launched himself above the park’s halfpipe rim.

“Look at this – the kid’s 16-years-old and he’s amazing,” said Carbondale’s skate park coordinator, Chris “Woodsie” Woods, who was a driving force behind organizing the comp.

Wood hones his skills at the Carbondale park at least once a week and said he loves the simple exertion of skating.

“It’s like therapy. I just come here for any problems I’m having and just skate ’em off,” said Wood.

The crowd was also wowed when Jeremiah Worm landed a backflip after launching himself above the halfpipe rim during the advanced competition.

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“I was working on that for a couple of years,” said Worm, 27. “I finally got it about four years ago.”

Worm, who lives in Breckenridge, said he had a fantastic time skating Carbondale’s park, which he said is world-class.

“It’s sick. I’ve wanted to come skate it for a while,” said Worm.

Kyle Muhr, 17, who drove from Grand Junction to compete in the advanced division, enjoyed the park as well.

“This is one worth taking the road trip for,” he said with a grin. “It’s like a giant playground.”

“This is one of the most epic parks in the country,” Woods said. “There’s only about three or four that have a full pipe.”

The park, on which construction began in 2003 but wasn’t finished until the following year, is an impressive multi-level halfpipe with all manner of curves and possibilities for skaters to explore. It stands as a testament to the popularity of skating and how far the sport has come since its origins as a fringe sport practiced only by punks and dregs. When Worm began skating 20 years ago, he was derided for simply being a skater.

“Everybody hated us because we skated. ‘You delinquent bastards, you should be arrested for skateboarding on the sidewalk.’ It’s still that way, a little bit,” said Worm.

The only drawbacks to the day were the heat and a slightly below-par number of skaters -only 10 competed.

“I wish we had a better turnout, but Silverthorne had their comp today, so a lot of the older pros are out there,” said Wood. “(The skatepark) is a little underused. I wish more guys would come and show up.”

Woods said the small number of skaters was probably just a matter of scheduling.

“There’s a lot of sports on Saturdays in the valley. Next year we’ll probably go back to (holding the comp on) Sunday,” Woods said.

As Woods was quick to point out, however, success can be measured in more than one way.

“It’s always a success if you can get local kids out and showcase them,” he said. “I think we got 10 times as many spectators as competitors. It’s great.”

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