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Tooth and Nail Competition, June 7th 2003, Lake Action Sports Camp
(Posted 4/8/2003)

(Provided by Island Lake Action Sports Camp, edited by Josh Rabinowitz for

The 2nd annual Tooth and Nail Festival is set to feature over 300 avid street-style skateboarders; both men and women, both young and old to compete at Island Lake‚s 10,000 square foot skate park. The park features "massive pipe walls, huge inverts, and various rails."

This is a cutthroat, one-day streetstyle competition where the winner is judged by agility, strategy, trick variations, and style to make it into the finals and a chance to go to the Gravity Games.

NBC sports will be shooting the event for a feature to be aired this summer called "The Road to the Gravity Games", giving the event and it's sponsors national representation.

This cutting edge competition comes with a music venue and freestyle moto-x exhibition that one might never forget, and the Red Bull Half Pipe will be set up and ready to be torn to shreds by Bucky Lasek, Danny Way, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jamie Bestwick and Chris Gentry.Six-year-old Mitchie Brusco is also scheduled to be present at the contest.

According to the contest's organizers, Island Lake meadows is beginning to be recognized as one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in the Pacific Northwest, and with a venue capacity of over 5,000, Island Lakemight just be" the ultimate setting for the sports and music festival."

The "Island Lake Skate Park" received the highest user rating of any skatepark in the Pacific Northwest by Thrasher Magazine, and was designed and built by Eric Payne, who helped found and was the lead design engineer for "Skatestreet" in Ventura Calif. Tim Payne's accolades also include the Powell Park in Japan and several other projects across the US. The Island Lake Park itself is a year round, 100% weatherproof, 10,000 sq ft facility constructed out of SkateLite that gets pounded by over 200 new skaters every week.

According to the organizers, last year's Tooth And Nail Event was on June 15th and attracted over 2,000 skate and music enthusiasts from around the region. Three times as many visitors are expected this year, and thousands more will participate vicariously through blanket regional coverage in print, broadcast and electronic media.

In addition, this event is expected to gain national exposure through outlets such as Transworld Skateboarding, Thrasher, Concussion, and Happy Magazine.

The contest is tentatively scheduled to take place June 7-8th 2003 at Island Lake Skate Camp in Silverdale, Washington, just a few weeks following the "Slam City Jam" in Vancouver B.C., thus making it convenient for team managers to plan tours surrounding the Northwest in the same week.

As the name implies, this event focuses on competitive skateboarding with an equal emphasis on musical accompaniment. The 2003 band line-up is, The Divorce, Acceptance and Kutless. As in the past, professional skate demos and live music are intended to provide an entire weekend of entertainment for the thousands of spectators and skateboarders attending this event. Organizers hope this "unique approach" makes for the widest possible audience participation.

For more info, contact David Slater at 360-710-7164 or visit the website for Island Lake Skatecamp.

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