For the Love of Skateboarding brought out some of the best boarders in the Lower Mainland Aug. 25 for a shot at a $1,000 prize and a chance to dazzle onlookers with their tricks.
The event at the McMillan Youth Park next to the Abbotsford Recreation Centre was a collaborative event put on by Love Bomb, Abbotsford Skatelife, Youth Church and Replay Board Shop, and drew more than 100 skateboarders aged eight to 25 from around the Fraser Valley and beyond.
"It was well received. We think it was the best one yet," said Janice Long of Skatelife. This is the third year for the friendly competition.
"We all worked together and did something good for the skate community, and did something in a positive way," she said.
Skater Rob Rickabey won the sponsored event and the $1,000 first prize. Abbotsford Chrysler donated $500 for the best trick, which was a tie between Matt Foster and Mickey Papa, who shared the prize.
Other winners were: Kyler Hale (beginner), Shane Klaschin (intermediate) and Chris McCaveny (advanced).
Organizers of the event gave out more than 600 free hot dogs, hamburgers and pop to participants and spectators.
"A lot of parents and entire families were watching, and were very supportive," said Long.
"It was good. You really see the best of the best and you can watch for free."