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Skate competition draws big crowd

Madras Inaugural Skate Competition

by: Photo by Bill Vollmer - Franko Richardson, 17, of Beaverton, above, placed second in the age 14 to 17 category at the Madras Inaugural Skate Competition on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The first big competition at the Madras Bike and Skate Park drew a large crowd to watch some popular competitors demonstrate their skills on Sunday.
   The Madras Inaugural Skate Competition, presented by Cakeatr, and hosted by the Madras Aquatic Center, featured 37 contestants in three age categories performing ollies and grinds, as well as other tricks.
   "It's a sport which completely depends on how good you are," said organizer Daniel Jones, explaining that unlike a more expensive sport like snowboarding, anyone can get involved for the cost of a skateboard.
   Jones, founder and inventor of Cakeatr, which markets flavored syrups for snowboarders and others to literally make their own "snow" cones, recently moved to Madras, and wanted to promote a local event.
   With encouragement and assistance from Steve Keever, the Madras Aquatic Center's program director, the event was put together in just under a month.
   The event attracted about 250 spectators, which was a pleasant surprise to Jones, who moved to Madras from Vancouver, Wash., and wasn't sure what to expect.
   "A lot of the kids that came out to compete are the topnotch riders from Portland and the area," said Jones, who persuaded three skateboarding pros, Rion Linderman, of Winston, Jamie Jacobson, of Vancouver, Wash., and Garfield, of Portland, to come to Madras to judge the competition.
   Jones has about 30 sponsored snowboarders and skiers, some of whom participate in other sports during the summer. "Most of the snowboarders skateboard," he said.
   Unlike most other competitions, the event had a live band, and skateboarders had the opportunity to perform by themselves -- without other skateboarders using the same bowls and rails.
   "The skateboarders said that mine was the funnest comp(etition) all summer," he said. "They got to compete by themselves."
   Participants and their families were also impressed with the facility. "The skate park is wonderful," he said. "Most people have never seen it."
   Contestants each paid a $5 entry fee, which benefits the aquatic center. First place winners each got a check for $100, and a skateboard deck. All winners received coupons for free meals from local restaurants, movie passes, and swimming passes for the MAC.
   Winners in the 0-13 age category were: first, James Stewart, of Redmond; second, Livia Moldyh, of Newberg; and third, Quaid Fuller, of Madras.
   In the age 14-17 category, winners included: first, Kyle Ward, of Portland; second, Franko Richardson, of Beaverton; and third, Cade, of Madras.
   In the 18 and over category, first place went to Jake Selover, of Bend; second to Clint Bishop, of Vancouver, Wash.; and third to Nick Peterson, of Newberg.
   "My point was to generate income in the community," said Jones, who was pleased with the outcome, and is already planning next year's event.