DOORGIRLS PHOEBE AND MAKAYLA
The SMS Skate Team threw a fundraising skate competition at the SMS park last night. A lack of a local skate series means we have to put on our own events, and this one went off! Proceeds from the event are going to local skater/snowboarder Mike Schwarz. Mike was riding for the UVM snowboard team last year before a traumatic head injury put him into a coma for several months. Skaters from all over VT showed up to support the cause, including state legends Jerry Tucker, Tyler Lynch and the Ludlites. Guest judges Huck Gibson and Lucas Magoon made sure everything was legit and tricks were clean.
GUEST JUDGE LUCAS MAGOON
The comps consisted of a game of S.K.A.T.E., a 13 and under street jam and a night-ending mini-ramp jam. The final round for the game of S.K.A.T.E. was heavy. Connor Hudson, Tyler Lynch, Huck Gibson, Zed, and Danny Dockum battled it out with Tyler coming out on top. Local skate enthusiast and Kirk's Skatecamp sole team rider Jake Gaudet took the jr street comp. By the time the mini-ramp comp started there were close to 50 skaters mobbing the park to live metal music. This was the first live show the skatepark has seen and what a way to start the tradition! Scotty J, Mike Mallon and Brett Hines ripped through metal instrumentals, fueling the spirits of the frenzied skaters.
There were some hardcore skaters in the mini-ramp comp, but none could outshine Jerry Tucker. It is always a pleasure to watch Jerry skate. The fact that the skilled line-up of skaters in the comp could not hold a candle to Jerry speaks volumes about his talent. His character was on display also when he gave up his cash prize to the Mike Schwarz donation jar.
UPSTANDING CITIZEN JERRY TUCKER
Thanks for all the support from Shut Skates, Gatorade, Vermont Skateboards, Nick at Podium, the metal band, and Team Tierney on the grill and at the door.
ONE OF LUDLOW'S FINEST, ED DOTTAVIO