Wednesday, August 21, 2013
10th Anniversary Skateboard Challenge - Woodinville, WA
A few weeks back I learned of a local skateboard competition, via a flyer the family picked up while shopping for a skateboard helmet. My kids dabble with skateboarding and I recently purchased a new board for my son, hence the matching helmet.
We also have a Sector 9 longboard in the garage that we've all messed around with for years. Way back in the '70s, I skateboarded some, along with reading the pages of Skateboarder magazine; mesmerized by Tony Alva and crew, empty pools, Rector pads and tube socks. So while I wouldn't call us, or me, official skateboarders - I do have some background knowledge of it.
So with that history lesson - we headed over to check out the competition - held at the local skateboard park in Woodinville. As in Woodinville, Washington. I got a kick outta watching the kids skate and me playing photographer. Skateboarder magazine somewhat responsible for putting the photography bug in my forming brain, so now a mere 35+ years later - I finally try shooting people who can actually skate. It was a fun afternoon.
The kids just wanna rock...
This event and skate park tied to the Woodinville Rotary Club, this being the 10th anniversary of the park. Being around active kids - and at 52 years old and counting - consider 20 somethings kids also - an awesome thing to do. The energy, vibe, the act of doing something, is great to be around. Movement is movement. Flow is flow. Doesn't what kind of wheels - skateboards, bicycles, motorcycles - all good.
While running around with a camera and attempting to not get in the way and/or clocked in the head with a board, wound up chatting with two 20 something kids also shooting the event - along with a woman from the Woodinville Rotary. Exchanged contact info and later pooled our pics for a multi-media presentation of the event. Two of the "kids" with media experience will create something, hopefully with some of my pics included. Awesome to stumble into getting involved with something positive for young folks.
I took a crazy amount of photos, narrowed 'em down some for the media project selection process. If interested, slideshow of 'em to ponder...