Family-friendly competition at the Breck skatepark Sunday |

Family-friendly competition at the Breck skatepark Sunday

Local skater Ethan Mason, who grew up under Chris Ferris' tutelage, holds Ferris' daughter at last year's competition, which he helped run.

Skateboarders and their families rally Sunday at the Breckenridge

Recreation Center for the third annual Chris Ferris Memorial Skate Contest, which honors the late skate shop owner and his impact on local skate culture.

This year, the Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS) joins, bringing bouncy castles, a pie walk, kids’ activities and a silent auction (including a 2012 Epic season pass) to the already family-friendly affair.

The competition takes place at the Breckenridge skatepark and features bowl and street events for both kids and adults. Registration opens at 10 a.m., and young kids compete from noon to 3 p.m., with older kids and adults hitting the concrete from 3-6 p.m. It’s $15 to enter, and participants receive a T-shirt and a stick of Grip Gum, used for cleaning dirt from your deck’s griptape.

Skaters compete for prizes for top finishes, with locals Gregg Davis, David Comeau and Cameron Hunter judging. The silent auction will take place inside the Breckenridge Recreation Center during the contest.

The annual Breckenridge skate contest became the Chris Ferris Memorial Skate Contest in 2010, spearheaded by Grip Gum owner Jason Smith. It honors the memory of Ferris, original owner of Big Hit skate shop in Breckenridge, who died in 2005 at the age of 36. “Chris was a great role model, and he had a substantial impact on the community,” Smith said.

Other organizers and sponsors include the Town of Breckenridge, Big Hit, Method Snowboard Academy, The Underground snowboard shop and SOS Outreach.

Proceeds benefit SOS, which provides young people the opportunity to learn about leadership, foster self-respect and confidence and take part in community service through programs incorporating skiing and snowboarding. SOS also offers a multi-year mentoring program. A $5 donation to SOS is appreciated from eventgoers.

“It’s always a great time with the skaters doing their best to outskate each other and the families hanging out and watching,” head judge Davis said. “In the past there’s always been a crowd. This year, there’s even more for families and kids to do at this community event.”

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