SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Shred N’ Breakfast Skateboard Contest is coming to Uxbridge, August 5th, and welcomes skateboarders of all ages.
The event is free to take part in, and will take place at the Uxbridge Rotary Skate Park, 322 Main St. North, starting at 1:00 p.m.
There will be prizes for those finishing first, second, and third, in the best trick category and game of S.K.A.T.E. The skateboarders will be put into two groups for each category, under 17, and over 17. Those skateboarding, who are under 18 will be required to wear a helmet.
The event organizer, Matt Burley has wanted to put together a skateboard contest for a long time, and is glad he can contribute to the Uxbridge skateboarding community in a positive way.
“I always wanted to hold a skate contest. I feel like that’s something every skater wants to do. It’s all for the love of skateboarding, getting out there, and giving back to the community,” said Matt.
A lot of local sponsors have come together to make this skateboard contest possible, according to Matt.
“It’s a free event and its being held and organized by small independently owned companies throughout the Durham Region,” he said.
Matt Burley Stencils (MBS) is the primary sponsor. SWITCH Skate and Snow in Ajax, and the Uxbridge Rotary Club have also contributed to make the event special.
Skateboarding is a great physical exercise for people of any age, who want to have fun while staying active. It requires a lot of dedication and persistence to learn new things on a skateboard but is a very rewarding process, according to Matt.
“It teaches you commitment and perseverance because it takes a long time to learn certain tricks. Some tricks will take weeks and weeks while other tricks you can learn in an afternoon just because it comes naturally,” Matt said.
He also says the skating community sometimes can get a bad name, because of a small number of people in it who make poor choices, but it is mostly filled with great people. Matt has met many wonderful people through skateboarding, he wouldn’t have met otherwise.
“It’s an individual activity, with a huge community, so you can do this individual thing with a group of people. It just gives people an opportunity to make lifetime friends, I’ve been friends, with my friends that I have been skating with, for ten plus years,” Matt said.
He encourages anyone who enjoys skateboarding to come out and participate or view the contest. The event is open to all ages and is free to attend. Registration starts at 12:00 a.m., and the event starts at 1:00 p.m.
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