|(Posted 4/30/2003) |
The Pacific Northwest Amateur Skateboard League, based in Portland, Oregon * and now entering its second year of contest series, will be holding nine contests from May 3rd to September 13th, 2003 *. Skaters can compete in seven cumulative points contests with the Finals to be held in Centralia, Washington * on September 13. The league claims that last years contest had 300 members and that prizes at the finals included a week at Woodward * West Camp. Skater Mitchie Brusco * is an original member of The League who won a trip to the Gravity Games * last year.
Sponsors for the 2003 year are said to include Gravity Games, Sessions *, Ollie Pops, Garage Manufacturing (Soft Trucks *), Savier *, Vans *, Lego */Bionicle, Zumiez *, Eclectic Products (Shoe Goo), Jones Soda, Monkey Business *, Black Box Distribution, DC and Red Bull *.
Reportedly, Gravity Games will be attending two of the contests (June 7 & July 26) to film for the Gravity Games on NBC as well as to award two all expense paid trips for two to the upcoming Games in Cleveland, and Lego/Bionicle is a new League sponsor for the ’03 season and will be bringing their vehicle to the July 26 event.
The event schedule is as follows:
May 3, 2003 Dept. of Skateboarding (Portland, Oregon)
May 24 Savier Office Park/ Portland, Oregon (at Savier’s private park)
June 7 Island Lake Camp */ Tooth and Nail Festival – Poulsbo, Washington
June 28 Capital City Skateboard Park – Olympia, Washington
July 26 Newberg, Oregon
Aug. 9 The Bloc- Kenmore, Washington
Aug. 23 Klamath Falls, Oregon (at the new Dreamland designed park)
Aug. 24 Medford, Oregon
Sept. 13 Northwest Finals – Centralia, Washington (new outdoor park)
The League's events are typically MC'ed by Dave Yong. Fifty-year old league co-founder Mark Ceder also skates and regularly wins the contest in his age group, as he is the only entrant. Friends tease that he should be sponsored by Geritol or less flattering brands.
According to the league, they will also be running the skate contest at the June 7th Tooth and Nail Festival, at Island Lake Camp near Seattle *, with cash prizes of $1500. Reportedly Gravity Games representatives will be on hand at the Tooth and Nail Festival to film and award an all expense paid trip for two to the upcoming Gravity Games. Also to occur at the festival is a Red Bull vert demo will featuring pro skateboarders Bucky Lasek *, Danny Way * and Pierre Luc Gagnon *.
You can find more information about the contest at their website, or by calling Patty Seder at 503-284-0221.
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