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SOUTH KINGSTOWN- For the eighth year in a row skateboarders of all ages competed in the annual Skateboard Classic at Old Mountain Field this past weekend.
The pool of talent was impressive as skateboarders anywhere from 5 years old to their late 20s competed in showcasing their skills and tricks in six different categories, game of skate, beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert and best trick.
Skateboarder and event organizer Andrew Barbosa encouraged participants of all ages as they skated around the park that Barbosa himself has helped to raise money for maintaining and expanding so that skateboarders have a place to safely enjoy their sport. To the day Barbosa has helped to raise roughly $15,000 for the maintenance and renovations to the park.
âAndrew has been a big part of the competition and the process,â said South Kingstown Recreation Supervisor Russ Wyatt. âHe has been the life of that park.â
Barbosa announced the competition as participants performed a mixture of vert and street skating in front of a small crowd. Over 40 skateboarders participated in what turned into an exciting and entertaining competition.
âWe had a really good turnout this weekend,â said Wyatt. âEach year the competition gets a little more fierce.â
Barbosa travels from California each summer to lead two skateboarding camps and organize the competition, some participants in the competition also attend the camp with Barbosa where they learned some tricks they performed.
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