Skateboard madness in Breckenridge
BRECKENRIDGE – It paid to go both ways Saturday at the Breckenridge skate park.
Locals skateboarders Madison Ellsworth and Jeremiah Worm proved their versatility by topping their respective divisions in both the street and bowl events at the Fourth Annual Breckenridge Skateboard Contest.
The events called for a different set of skills, and Ellsworth and Worm showed that their skating crosses stylistic genres.
“It takes an overall skater to skate the deep end (of the bowl) then go slide that handrail in the street course,” said competitor Gregg Davis, a local skateboard coach.
Worm lived in the deep end in the bowl contest, working it for speed and air. He barely touched the rest of the bowl, which is basically a dry, concrete pool.
“That’s the craziest part to be in,” said judge Dave Rhodes. “It’s the most intimidating part of the whole course. (Worm) was just doing the hardest stuff.”
Fourteen-year-old David Gravette also had a sterling day and became a crowd favorite as a youngster competing against the older guys in the Open Division.
Gravette was second in the bowl, third on the street and pulled out a 180 over the teardrop gap to win the sickest trick competition. A Washington native, he spends a few weeks in Summit County every summer to visit his grandmother and crash the local skate scene. He said that being at least six years younger than the competition puts him in an ideal spot to surprise people.
“When you’re the only kid, you have kind of an advantage,” he said.
Gravette credits his quick rise in the sport to hard work and desire, and he plans on taking it as far as he can.
“I’ve always tried as hard as I could,” he said. “I’ve always had a burning to huck myself as hard as I could. I like going for really big tricks. I like scaring myself.
“Right now I’m just stoked on just having fun,” he added. “But I’d like to be able to make money so I won’t have to work in an office.”
The rest of the kids his age, and some much younger, broke up into the Beginner and Intermediate categories. Andrew George won the Beginner street, and Lance Machado won the Beginner bowl. Zach Rawles followed Ellsworth in the Intermediate street, and Ethan Mason was second in the bowl. Thor Scheefer placed second in the Open street but didn’t compete in the bowl. Jason Martin won the best trick on the street course.
Competitors were judged on airs, grinds, flow, speed and overall impression in the bowl. Flip tricks were added as a criteria for the street course.
The contest was part of the Mountain Madness Series, which tours the state with weekend competitions. Next week’s stop is in Silverthorne.
Each stop has generated a mostly local field, especially in the lower divisions. Some of the Open skaters have travelled for events.
“Mostly we know them and have skated with them at the other parks,” said Davis, who will travel to a couple Front Range contests with the Summit Skate Team. “The Colorado skate community is like a family.”
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