Skateboarders of all ages came to compete in the STG Sk8 competition on Saturday at the St. George City Skate Park.
The competition was divided into three categories: beginner/novice, intermediate, and free skate. The ages ranged from eight and younger for the beginner/novice group while the intermediate and free skate were of all ages. Two competitors showed their skill in the rink at a time.
Lip Trix Board Shop and the City of St. George Leisure Services Department hosted the event and even gave out prizes to the winners.
Many of the competitors were first-timers in any kind of skating competition. Callie Carman won first place in the beginner category scoring her first win and first competition. She will be competing next week again in California. Carman was also the only female to compete. “It was cool to beat all the boys,” Carman said.
The intermediate group was the largest and the winner of the was Ronnie Onsalt from Page, Arizona, who also competed for the first time. He follows Lip Trix on Instagram and discovered they were hosting this competition, Onsalt said. He has been skating for two and a half years.
“I would skate every single day and despite knowing about competitions or joining competitions, I just really like skating in general,” Onsalt said.
While the other competitors skated, those waiting on the benches were offered refreshments by the city. There was no lack of comradery while these skaters cheered each other on and watched.
“It feels great to just be out here skating with the homies,” Charles Campbell, the free skate winner, said.
The event ended around 1 p.m. and the skaters still present were right back on the rink as soon as it was over. They congratulated each other and continued working on their tricks even after the competition was done.
Brady Holt was the announcer for the event and is a family friend of the Lip Trix owners.
“During the intermediate part, it was fun watching the kids who were up next too busy celebrating their friends’ runs. That was the best part for me,” Holt said.
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