Friday, June 17, 2011

Get Ready for the OBSS 7th Annual Skate Jam and Wall Ride Contest at the OB Street Fair!

If any town knows how to celebrate summer, it’s Ocean Beach! Each year, thousands of people head to Newport Avenue on the Saturday following Summer Solstice for live music, entertainment, unique vendors, talented artists, thrilling rides, refreshing beer gardens, and a skateboard competition for the one and only: Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off! This one-of-a-kind festival kicks off on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, located on the 4800-5000 blocks of Newport Avenue and surrounding streets in Ocean Beach.
As one of the festival's largest attractions, Ocean Beach Surf & Skate  is proud to present the 7th Annual Skate Jam & Wall Ride Contest at the OB Street Fair. Since OBSS relocated to their new building at 4976 Newport Avenue in 2010, they have expanded this annual skateboard competition by utilizing their private parking lot located directly in the heart of the street fair. 
New to this year’s competition is the Wall Ride Contest, designed and built by skate legend, Neil Heddings. Sponsored by LURKVILLE, the Wall Ride Contest will add a whole new dynamic to the contest by featuring two ramps propped up against the OBSS building, creating a 25-foot wall ride. The Wall Ride Contest will kick-off just after the Skate Jam from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m and the 1st place winner will receive cash prize.

Photo by Stephanie Rose
The street course Skate Jam will begin at 1 p.m. and division winners will take home prizes from sponsors: Sector 9 Skateboards, LURKVILLE Skateboards, FlexDex Skateboards, Creature Skateboards, OJ Wheels, Independent Trucks, Enjoi Skateboards, Almost Skateboards, Globe Footwear, Aerial7 Headphones, IPATH Footwear, DIZM Eyewear and more! The skate event will also feature live demonstrations by LURKVILLE team riders and the all-girl skate team, Girls Skate OB from 12noon – 1 p.m. Pro skateboarder, Neil Heddings, will also make a guest appearance and sign autographs along with the original betty and skateboard’s first woman “Hall of Famer,” Patti Mcgee.
In addition to skateboarding activities, the OBSS parking lot will feature music by the local, Direct Drive DJ’s with Destructo Bunny and booths with games and free swag from OBSS vendors including: Sector 9 Skateboards, LURKVILLE Skateboards, Body Glove, Ocean Minded, Keep-A-Breast, FlexDex Skateboards, Original Betty, Silly Girl and AWOL.
The OBSS 7th Annual Skate Jam and Wall Ride Contest is open to all ages and abilities and helmets are required for all participants under 18 years old. All contestants will receive an official contest t-shirt FREE with entry. Entry fees for day-of sign-ups are $5 for the Skate Jam and $10 for the Wall Ride Contest, which will go towards the cash prize for the 1st place winner. Contestants can save money by pre-registering however. Pre-registration discounts are as follows: $10 entry fee for both contests if registered on or before June 24, 2011; or free entry to both contests with any purchase of $30 or more in skateboard gear at Ocean Beach Surf & Skate. Entry forms are available at Ocean Beach Surf & Skate shop or online at www.obsurfandskate.com.

Photo by Amy Bjornson
Contest Schedule

10:00 a.m. – Noon:             Practice
Noon – 1:00 p.m.:               LURKVILLE demo and Girls Skate OB demo
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:         Skate Jam
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:         LURKVILLE Wall Ride Contest
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.:         Open Skateboard Session

To learn more or stay tuned with the latest details, be sure to check out the 7th Annual Skate Jam & Wall Ride Contest on Facebook!

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