Feelin’ the Freeride: Skaters compete in Truckee | SierraSun.com

Feelin’ the Freeride: Skaters compete in Truckee

Dan Savickas

Colin FisherJoel Lemos transfers the "twinkie" by way of a frontside 360 at the Fly Freeride at Truckee Skate Park on Saturday afternoon.

The third annual Fly Freeride, at the Truckee Skate Park, got off to a wet start on Saturday morning as rain attempted to flood the park.Once the rain ceased skateboarders and volunteers did their best to sweep the water off the park. When the pavement dried around 1 p.m. there was no lack of interested skaters, and the competition started as planned.Each skater had a one-minute run to impress the judges.The competition began with the 12 and under age group. Eight-year-old Sten Golds of Incline Village immediately pulled the crowds attention away from the overcast day. Golds aired out of the bowls and linked together an impressive run. He took second place in his age group.The 13-17 year-old age group were the next to battle it out in the park. Trevor Hollingsworth took first place in his age group with a hand plant or two. Robby Salas placed second with his big airs and transitions from bowl to bowl.In the 18-22 year-old age group, Dane Leonard won for the third straight year. Leonard’s run utilized nearly every feature in the park. A one-wheel manual from landing to reentry into one of the bowls and a nollie front-side 360 from the wok bowl were a few of highlights in Leonard’s run.The 23-29 year-old age group was home to fierce competition. In the end, Jake West thwarted the other competitors to walk away with first place.Since there were only three women, they all competed in the same age group. Jessica Arden took first place in the division.As the 30 and over division took to the park, the rain began to fall from the sky. Justin Cox managed to grab first place in his age group before the course became too slick.The competition was put on hold, and a rain delay was issued. Nearly 45 minutes after the rain stopped, the course was swept to a dry enough state to compete.The open class was open to all skaters of all ages. First place in the open class walked away with $400 and a $100 gift certificate to Porters.The skaters definitely stepped up the competition for the open class. Joel Lemos put on quite a show for the audience as he tried to land a Miller Flip over the spine into the mini-bowl. Lemos drew huge cheers from spectators during the warm ups with giant airs and gaps. Trevor Trubitsky also had an impressive run in the open class. But when all was said and done, Bringham Edwards rolled away with first place. Edwards pulled off the win with what one skater described as; “Variations of old school tricks.” Edwards had a number of grinds over the spine into the mini bowl.Dane Leonard placed second in the open class. “This competition is unique because it’s all about transition skills instead of street,” Dane Leonard said.In the best trick, Joel Lemos landed a flawless Miller Flip. Sam, who’s last name was not available, tied for first with an ollie indie grab to channel.Bob Leonard, Black Flys Eyewear Northern California sales representative, put on the competition.”This (Truckee Skate Park) is one of the best skate parks in Northern California. It’s important to have a competition at this venue and give the skaters a chance to compete and gauge themselves against their peers,” Leonard said. “It’s a chance to give amateur skaters the recognition they deserve.”The Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks district oversees the Truckee Skate Park. “Truckee’s park is unique,” said Bob Leonard. “It doesn’t have problems with graffiti and vandalism. The kids really take care of the park.”12 & under1. Chad Springer2. Sten Golds3. Alexei Almada13-171. Trevor Hollingsworth2. Robby Salas3. Taylor Bingaman18-221. Dane Leonard2. Chris Nelson3. Tim Malone23-291. Jake West2. Bringham Edwards3. Jermeny Cameron30 and up1. Justin Cox2. Taylor3. Chuck RaleyGirls1. Jessica Arden2. Caylen Dakin3. Kirsten SeitzOpen Class $5001. Bringham Edwards2. Dane Leonard3. Andrew IrwinBest TricksJoel Lemos $125Sam $125