Along with schools from all over Orange County competing, Mesa stepped in with confidence to compete in the Bowl and street divisions. Bowl competitors mainly cruised up and down the bowls of the park making impressive jumps and high-flying grinds on the rail ends of the bowls. Street skaters however were more focused on speed, tricks, and smooth grinds on the available ramps. Bowl skaters were preparing themselves for air and smooth cruising along the bowl when Sarah Thompson from the Costa Mesa middle school team fell on her shoulder. This didn’t faze her however as she got up and pumped up for the skate battle that was to begin.
Each skater got three runs that were each 45 seconds long to attempt and land a trick. Franky Villani also a part of the Costa Mesa team went first landing a clean turn and getting points for the Mustangs. Once all bowl competitors had received their chance to shred the bowl and show their skill, street competitors were ready to do the same. Before the street competitors were out on the park’s ramps and rails, they were uplifted and encouraged by the Costa Mesa High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders who came to cheer them on and prepare them for the longest part of the competition. Street is the longest part of the competition because everyone goes twice, each getting the same amount of time to attempt and land a trick. Once all street competitors had received their chance to represent their team, the individual winners of the contest and the teams that won were announced. The street winners were announced first. Franky Villani from the Costa Mesa High School placed third, Aaron Kim from the Huntington Beach High School placed second, and Chris Chacaria from the Huntington Beach High School Team placed first.
They then announced the Bowl winners. Brandon Burleigh from the El Toro High school team placed 3rd, Tylor Hollenbeck also from El Toro High school team placed 2nd, and Gage Boan from Edison High school team placed 1st. After they announced the individual winners they announced the teams that won. El Toro Team was third, Northwood Team was second and Huntington Beach was first. The Mesa students and skaters showed their skill and landed strong to wrap up the OCSL competition and finals this year, ready and hopeful for what next year will bring.