Battle on the Blue is back with bowl and street skateboard contests in Breck July 21-22
Tighten your trucks and perfect your front blunt — the Battle on the Blue is back for a second round.
This weekend, Colorado Springs nonprofit Sk8-Strong teams up with the Breckenridge Recreation Center for the return of the now-annual skateboard contest, hosted on concrete bowls and old-school mining features of the Breckenridge skatepark. The contest debuted last year with about 30 competitors from across Summit County and the state, with divisions for bowl and street skaters of all ages.
This year’s contest promises more of the same: $15 per skater for the bowl or street event, or $25 for both events. Skaters register for one of four divisions — boys or girls 14 years old or younger, and men or women 15 years old or older — and the top-three finishers in each division walk away with a handmade, one-of-a-kind trophy. There are also awards for best grom (skaters younger than 10 years old) and best “old fart” (skaters older than 40 years old), and the first 50 people to sign up get a custom Battle on the Blue T-shirt.
So what are you waiting for? Registration is available now online at BreckenridgeRecreation.com, or you can wait until the free skills clinic from 4-6 p.m. on July 21, at the skatepark. Sign up when you get there, and then enjoy an afternoon of skating (weather permitting) with guest pros Josh Rodriguez and Jono Schwan, who’s also founder of Sk8-Strong. The two are frequent World Cup Skateboarding competitors who specialize in vert — Rodriguez from northern California, Schwan from the Springs, both with nasty transition skills — and are sure to tear up the flowy bowls in Breck. The Can’d Aid Foundation, a nonprofit launched by Oskar Blues Brewery, is paying for the pros to visit Breck, meaning all proceeds from contest entries go back to Sk8-Strong’s mission of giving amateur skaters an outlet for their talents.
On Saturday, the Battle on the Blue begins in earnest with an open warm-up session until 10 a.m. That’s when the street contest begins for all ages and divisions, starting with youngsters at 10 a.m., adults at 11 a.m. and finals around noon. Once that wraps up close to 2 p.m., guest judges from the rec center, Sk8-Strong and around town move to the bowls for the vert contest. Kids are up first at 2 p.m., followed by adults at 3 p.m. and finals at 4 p.m. Awards come immediately after the bowl finals.
If Mother Nature decides to rain on the parade, no worries — organizers have set aside July 23 as an alternate day. If needed, rescheduled contests get started at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
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