Flys Freeride contest skates through Truckee
With clear skies above and more than 300 people gathered in anticipation, the Truckee-Donner Skateboard Park came alive with local talent Saturday afternoon.
The eighth annual Flys Freeride Skateboard Contest showcased the region’s most talented skaters and sent everyone home smiling and adorned with prizes and gear from the industry’s top brands and the region’s local shops.
“It was great day,” said SnowBomb General Manager Justin Broglio. “The local shops and industry sponsors really stepped up this year to help us make this event happen, and it’s awesome to see this many people out here watching our local riders.”
Starting out the day was the 6-10-year-old division led by 9-year-old Tahoe City skater Cody Atwood, who impressed the judges with numerous trick combinations and took home first place. Following in second and third place, respectively, were 7-year-old Kaz Sosnkowski, also from Tahoe City, and 6-year-old Maximilian Kelly of Truckee.
Next up was the 11-14-year-old division, in which 12-year-old Nathann Alegria from Reno ” who rides for Out-of-Bounds Boardshop ” took the top spot. Robin Swone, 11, of Boise, Idaho, placed second and 12-year-old Jonoathan Zarate II of Truckee was third.
In the 15-17-year-old division, Truckee local and Trilogy Arts rider Cameron Shanonn, 16, narrowly edged fellow Truckee skater Dylan Stelck, 17, who skates for Boards N’ Motion. Another Truckee skater who rides for Totally Board, Marcos Expinoza, 15, followed the two in third place.
As the 18-20-year-olds took to the park, crowds cheered as the tricks got harder. Boise native Justin Washam, 18 and riding for DTS and Prestige Inland Surf, took home first place.
Second place went to 18-year-old Tanner Ellis from Oregon and third to Kings Beach rider Matthew Peter Hazel, 18.
In the 30-and-over division, 36-year-old New York native Shawn Pursel, who rides for Trilogy Arts, walked away with first place followed closely by two Alpine Meadows skaters, Rick Gravesen, 32, Dave Brumm, 31.
In the women’s division, Truckee local Tracy Pearson, 15, once again showed the crowd she can skate with the best of them by winning first place over Nevada City skater Meleah Joy, 26.
Finishing out the day were the Open/Pro division riders.
After two, one-minute runs each and with cheers and excitement filling the park, it was a life-long skater and Reno native, simply known as “Vic,” who wowed the judges with old-school style and flow to take home the title and the $200 cash prize.
Truckee local Dane Leonard, a 26-year-old who rides for Totally Board and Black Flys, placed second, and in a close third was 19-year-old Ian Stelck of Truckee, who rides for Boards N’ Motion.
Throughout the day free raffle tickets were given out by the SnowBomb crew and with the huge amount of prizes and swag donated from the local shops and industry sponsors, nearly everyone walked away with something new in hand.
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