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IBAC’s Second Annual Skateboard Contest Is A Huge Success

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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019 11:39 am

Very impressive indeed! On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Imperial Beach Athletic Club (IBAC), along with the Boys and Girls Club, held its second annual skateboard contest at the Imperial Beach Skate Park.

The event was for both boys and girls under 18. A little over 30 participants took part in the event, up from 20 last year. Entry fee was free and there was more free pizza and drinks provided by IBAC then the kids could finish.

Each participant had two one-minute runs to do their very best tricks throughout the skatepark; most seemed to save their best for the last heat. There was also a time where any participant could free skate and do their wildest trick to win yet another prize. The enthusiasm and talent was evident, these kids wanted to pull off the best tricks to win.

Safety was a huge priority, all kids in the park had to wear helmets. IBAC also had a dedicated first aid area, luckily, only one minor injury to one boy who hurt his wrist. Local Matt Henry, aka IB Dad, did a fantastic job as the MC. Not only did he call off crazy named tricks that the kids did, like Mc Twist, Indy Grab, 360 Ollie, the Primo Grind, and kick flips, he also kept the large crowd of spectators entertained with stories and jokes.

The top three kids in each age division won medals along with awesome prizes like complete skateboards and skate gear, all participants walked off with something. There was also a fantastic raffle that must have taken at least a half-hour, where dozens of skateboards, decks, wheels, and awesome skateboard parts were won.

This great event couldn’t have happened without the multiple meetings and volunteers from the IBAC crew, the cooperation from the City of Imperial Beach, the Boys & Girls Club and the generosity from individuals, local and non-local businesses who gave all of the prizes. It was amazing to see so many gifts.

A huge shoutout to those who donated: Ollie Angel Skate Shop, Surf Hut Surf Shop, Good Times Barber Shop (five year anniversary in October), Sector 9, Slappys, Bro Style, Keen Ramps, IB Dad, IB Printing, EDCO, The Scoreboard, Mike Hess Brewery, Ye Olde Plank Inn, South Coast Surf Shop, Clairemont Surf Shop, and members of IBAC and residents who contributed prizes.

Also a big thanks to those from the City of IB who stopped by to check out this kid friendly family event - Mayor Serge Dedina who opened up the event with inspirational words, City Councilmembers Bobby Patton and Mark West, City Manager Andy Hall, IB Events Coordinator Courtney Stephens, and the Imperial Beach Fire Department. People appreciate seeing them at these events. Last year IBAC gave a $1,000 check to the City of Imperial Beach toward the skatepark. “It’s all about the kids,” says IBAC president and founder, Eric Gutierrez. “No doubt, next year will be bigger and better.”

In other skatepark news, the Imperial Beach City Council voted unanimously to dedicate $750,000 toward phase two of the IB Skatepark. They have had several public workshops on the skatepark and one since additional funds were allocated to go over design concepts and to listen to the residents, it was well attended.

Other IBAC news, IBAC’s second annual Over The Line Tournament on the beach is Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Open sign-ups for men and women will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mike Hess Brewery.

Don’t miss out on this event that is sure to be a hit.

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