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Bowls, rails, heats, skaters and cheerleaders; the only place it all comes together is at the Volcom Skate Park for the NSSL skate competition.
The National Scholastic Skateboarding League 3rd round competition was held this Friday, continuing the 2013 competition which started in January. The entire competition was something like a party being held from 5pm to 10 pm due to various schools, skaters, and heats (levels of skill) with tons of loud music and teenagers.
OCSL El Toro, Shore Cliffs, Estancia and Costa Mesa were among the schools in attendance to participate in the competition.
The night started off with high school bowl competition while middle school simultaneously participated in the street skate competition. 1st up overall in the bowl competition was Ethan Mctague from CMHS, making the Mesa name known. There were fewer skaters in the bowl competition due to the fact that “most skaters not as comfortable with bowl, it is a different skill” yet just as street skating has a skill rating with the first heat being the least skilled and the fifth being the most skilled. All skaters were judged on style, consistency, and degree of difficulty by volunteer judges.
As the competition went on a CMMS skater, Devlyn Neilson suffered a fall after attempting a trick during the street contest in which he landed on his side and hurt his arm and face . The whole situation was cleared up when “Dr. G” or Dr. Garret Weilrich came out to assist Neilson and within a minute he was back on his feet and ready to “shred and skate”.
Skaters from CMHS included Ethan Mctague, Christian, Brandon Olguin, Michael Schmidt, also known to many parents and frequent attendees of the NSSL skate competitions, the CMMS “superstar” who maintained his nickname with landing a nose grind, 360, fakie and the notoriously missed rail grind in the last five seconds of his forty five second debut .
Chuck Hults, owner of DeckCrafters Skateboard Company- whose “claim to fame” was the invention of the skateboard as it is known today (kicked up on both sides) was in attendance with his daughter, first time competitor Kaylie Hults. Hults helped found and fund the Volcom skate park, which “took a lot of work, but was worth it because this is now the most used skate facility” said Hults along with a fellow founder who received a Golden Shovel in recognition of the foundation of the nearly ten year old skate park.
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Kaylie Hults, a seventh grader has been skating since she was a baby although this was her first competition ever in the first heat (lowest difficulty) division. Although it was “definitely never racking and I couldn’t hear when I was going to start (due to the unfortunately low quality of speakers) it was fun.”
Another interesting member of the skate competition and the CMHS teams was Paige LaBare. A freshman in high school, cheerleader and skater has been in the league for three years saying “This [the NSSL league and competition] is what got me into skating.” Although she is a cheerleader and “wanted to follow [her] sister’s footsteps [as a cheerleader]” she also “wanted to do something more.” LaBare has been skating for CMHS league since seventh grade.
Most of the time she has no problem with strange looks in the park due to her gender because of the fact that her “skills match theirs”. [LaBare is a bowl skater which is difficult for most due to the steep jump into the bowl, she has no problem being comfortable with the deep, open bowl and high rails.] “As long as you plan out your tricks and kind of know what you’re going to do you’re fine, but you can’t think about it.” LaBare also comments on the view that a cheerleader cant skate in saying that it pushes her to be a better skater than the boys.”
All in all the competition was filled with interesting tricks, interesting leaders and interesting skaters. Round four of the NSSL skate competition will take place at the Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest March 29th will St. Anne/St. Edwards, Costa Mesa, Sowers/Masuda, and South Lake participating in the middle school division as well as Costa Mesa, El Toro, Estancia, Fountain Valley, and Irvine participating in the high school division.
Written by Nakita Rico