The skateboarding ‘community’ coming to C’dale
At about 5 o’clock last night, Mickey Reyes surveyed the Carbondale Skatepark and counted more than 50 people, some of whom had already pitched tents for the weekend nearby.”Right now, there’s about 40 dudes skating and another 20 hanging out drinking beer,” said Reyes. “And what is it? Thursday? And we’re already off.”Reyes, of Hell Ride Crew Productions, is one of the producers of the first Carbondale Run, a professional skateboarding contest and festival presented by Thrasher magazine.Legends like Pierre Luc Gagnon, Tony Trujillo and Lance Mountain will be competing in the pro contest Saturday afternoon and evening. Meanwhile, live music on a stage adjacent to the skatepark, situated at the former North Face site, will serenade skaters throughout the weekend.And while the pro contest promises to be the highlight, organizers are expecting skaters from around the United States to roll in to skate and party all weekend. Today, the Western Slope Skateboard Alliance is holding a contest at the park, with the top two finishers qualifying to compete against the 60-some pros on Saturday.But this is not the X Games.”Nothing like the X Games, nothing like the Olympics,” said Reyes. “In the contests, it’ll just be free-flowing – not a lot of rules and more like a jam. The whole event is gonna be almost like a Sturgis thing. Skateboarding’s a big community, and our people are coming to camp, have fun, hang out, drink beer, skate and see old friends they haven’t seen in years.”This is the family of American skaters coming together. They all know about it, and when they get the call, they come,” Reyes continued.And while Reyes has put on a these types of events before, “this is the first one we’ve made, like, ‘Just get your guys, get your bros, get in a car and get out here.’ Real grass-rootsy. We’ve got crews from Chicago, New York, Florida, Texas, Oregon, San Diego and San Francisco coming,” he said. “Hell, I brought 10 guys with me.”The Carbondale Run also serves at the last stop on the King of the Road Series. Other confirmed skaters include Chris Senn, Omar Hassan, Darrell Stanton, Jamie Thomas, Peter Ramondetta, Ben Schroder, Eric Koston, Ryan Schekler, Daewon Song, Jeff Grosso, Scott Cane and Dan Drehohl.The band lineup includes local band EOS, Huero, Starless Night and Death By Stereo.Chris Woods, one of the event planners from the Carbondale Recreation Department, said spectators should show up at about 3 p.m. Saturday. “We’ve got lots of bleachers, tons of good seating, and at 3 o’clock things will just be starting to warm up,” he said.Unless, of course, more pros show up than expected.”This park is gnarly,” Reyes said, “and not everyone is gonna want to rip it. So they’re out, because you can’t twinkle-toe here. So there’s gonna be a lot of top name pros, and then whoever else shows up who can skate at that caliber, too.”Plus, all the downtown Carbondale bars have teamed up with the event to offer specials, Woods said. “Everyone’s getting a little piece,” he said.Carbondale RunAt the Carbondale Skatepark and ball field at the old North Face site Today, Aug. 2010 a.m. to 3 p.m.Western Slope Skateboard Alliance Contest(www.coloradowssa.org Chani Lewis at (970) 243-0212 )9 p.m.PartySaturday, Aug. 2111 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Skater registration3 to 8:30 p.m.Live music (EOS, Huero, Starless Night, Death By Stereo)4ish to 7ish p.m.Pro contest (jam format)7 to 8:30 p.m.Pro best trick contest9 p.m.PartyCampingCamping is available in the ball field adjacent to the skatepark and band stage; $10 a tent. No open fires and quiet time starts at 10 p.m. (Of course there will be a shuttle to and from the downtown bars, so it won’t really matter.)
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