1st Battle on the Blue skateboard competition comes to Breck, July 23
2016 Battle on the Blue
What: An open skateboard competition for junior, adult and masters skateboarders, held on the street and bowl features at Breckenridge skate park
When: Saturday, July 23 at 8 a.m.
Where: Breckenridge skate park, 880 Airport Road in Breckenridge (next to rec center)
Cost: $15 for vert or street, $20 for both
The event is open to skaters of all ages and abilities. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. for anyone who doesn’t sign up online. There is no food or drink on-site, but organizers will have a grill for people to cook out. To register or find out more, see the recreation page at www.townofbreckenridge.com.
There’s a new skate comp in town, and you’d better believe it’s drawing a duo of the vert pros on the X Games circuit.
This Saturday, the town of Breckenridge partners with Colorado Springs nonprofit Ska8-Strong for the first-ever Battle on the Blue, an all-ages skateboard event held on the concrete ledges, bowls and ramps at the Breckenridge skate park.
“We have one of the best skate parks in the state,” said Reid Bartelt, special events lead for the town of Breck. “That’s a huge draw for out-of-town skateboarders. What’s fun about this is I don’t know if I’m planning for 20 or 200 (people). We’ll find out on Saturday morning.”
Come 20 or 200, the competition comes complete with two rising skateboard stars: 19-year-old Clay Kreiner, a vert specialist from North Carolina who’s spent plenty of afternoons slaying Bob Burnquist’s backyard ramps, and 25-year-old Italo Pennarubia, a Brazilian pro who’s been to the X Games five times and took second place in big air at the Kia World Extreme Games in 2015.
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Things get started on Friday afternoon, when Kreiner and Pennarubia drop by the skate park for a demo with the Breck youth skate camp. On Saturday, the two return for the start of competition, beginning at 8 a.m. with on-site registration for youth and adult skaters. Cost is $15 for the street or bowl comp, or $20 for both.
“We’re really just trying to bring the skating community together across the state,” Bartelt said. This is open to anyone who wants to come out and have a good time at the Breck skate park.”
Competition kicks into high gear at 9 a.m. with the youth division fro 9 a.m. to noon. Kids have free reign on the ledges, rails and stairs for the street comp, and then turn to the small bowl for the vert comp.
After the kids wrap up, the two pros take to the bowls for a demo from about noon to 1 p.m. Then, it’s onto the adult and masters divisions, with vert and street comps for men, women and OGs. Those divisions compete from about 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed immediately after with an awards presentation and swag giveaways. First-place finishers in each division come away with a custom wood trophy, emblazoned with the Battle on the Blue name.
Bartelt and organizers with Sk8-Strong designed the competition as a way for young-and-hungry amateur skaters to get experience in a judged event. The judge’s panel includes the two pros, along with a handful of local skate shop owners and more. The more these kids skate, the better they get, and the Breck comp is one of several events spread between Pueblo, Carbondale and potentially Leadville, all leading to the Rocky Mountain Rampage competition in Colorado Spring from Aug. 12-14.
“This is the first year, so I’m really hoping the kids will get excited, and then the adults can come out to showcase their skills,” Bartelt said. “It’s all about just having a good time out there.”
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