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2007 - March 10 RSA contest #5 at Veterans Skate Park
Saturday March 10th, 2007, Ride Skate Shop held the 5th in a series of contests for the RSA (Ride Skateboards Association) at the Veterans Skate Park in Alabaster, Alabama. The turnout was even bigger than all the past contests there. The word seems to be spreading! Forty-five eager competitors demonstrated their skateboarding skills for the four judge panel in both sponsored and open divisions. The weather could not have been better...sunny and about 75 degrees all day. During practice, skaters were throwing down some great tricks to put into their contest runs. The contest runs were pretty exciting and the divisions were much closer this time around. Again, I think the skaters are getting more use to contests (ie. no more nerves) and starting to put together their runs versus just random skating and hoping for the best. Personally, I think the day went to Steven Spencer. Steven practiced daily for the past 3 weeks putting together a run around the park. His preparation showed as his runs were perfect both times, and he ended up taking first place in his division. I think that was a wake up call for a lot of the other kids that saw what Steven had done and that practice paid off huge for him. Big congrats to Steven! As always, the session after the contest ended was the most fun to me. Lots of ripping going down in that "Butter Bowl". I can't wait for the next one in April!
Line-up for the 3-stair and ledges
Line-up for the 3-stair and ledges
Line-up for the 8-stair during practice
Line-up for the 8-stair during practice
Patrick Jackson takes in the practice session
Patrick Jackson takes in the practice session
Waiting their turn for the 8-stair
Waiting their turn for the 8-stair
Kieffer McMillan throws a foot flapping lien-to-tail during practice
Kieffer McMillan throws a foot flapping lien-to-tail during practice
Alex Salillas guides an ollie to onto the rail
Alex Salillas guides an ollie to onto the rail
Alex Salillas lands into a perfect 50-50 down the 8-stair rail
Alex Salillas lands into a perfect 50-50 down the 8-stair rail
Little Jason Salillas floats an ollie down the 8
Little Jason Salillas floats an ollie down the 8
Chris Coffman styles a frontside board slide down the 8-stair rail
Chris Coffman styles a frontside board slide down the 8-stair rail
The line-up to the 8-stair gets bigger
The line-up to the 8-stair gets bigger
Jonathan Barnard frontside 50-50 down the rail
Jonathan Barnard frontside 50-50 down the rail
Matt frontside 50-50 down the 8-stair hubba
Matt frontside 50-50 down the 8-stair hubba
Michael Smith grinds a nice feeble down the 8-stair rail
Michael Smith grinds a nice feeble down the 8-stair rail
Line-up to the 5-stair section
Line-up to the 5-stair section
Pat Wachter brought along this Roskopp foam core deck with Blackheart wheels and Indy stage II's...sickness!
Pat Wachter brought along this Roskopp foam core deck with Blackheart wheels and Indy stage II's...sickness!
Chris Coffman floats a frontside air out
Chris Coffman floats a frontside air out
Another frontside air by Chris Coffman
Another frontside air by Chris Coffman
The judges wait for the contest to begin
The judges wait for the contest to begin
crowd view around the shop
crowd view around the shop
The parking lot full for once! Lots of spectators
The parking lot full for once! Lots of spectators
The young rippers waiting to get down
The young rippers waiting to get down
Brian Kelly kicks off the contest
Brian Kelly kicks off the contest
Skaters waiting their turn
Skaters waiting their turn
Inside the shop
Inside the shop
Spectators watch the 8-stair
Spectators watch the 8-stair
John W8 tells Patrick 'Keep the dead raccoon out my truck, please.'
John W8 tells Patrick 'Keep the dead raccoon out my truck, please.'
RSA Contest #5 Results
OPEN GROM DIVISION - (Ages 9 and under)
  • 1st Place - Kane Taylor 300 pts.
  • 2nd Place - Malachi Popkin 200 pts.
  • 3rd Place - Cole Taylor 150 pts.

OPEN BOYS DIVISION - (Ages 10 - 13)
  • 1st Place - Blake Powell 300 pts.
  • 2nd Place - Travis Spain 200 pts.
  • 3rd Place(tie) - Scott Lawley 150 pts.
  • 3rd Place(tie) - Hunter Wade 150 pts.

OPEN J.R. MENS DIVISION - (Ages 14-17)
  • 1st Place - Steven Spencer 300 pts.
  • 2nd Place - Michael Smith 200 pts.
  • 3rd Place - Kieffer McMillan 150 pts.

OPEN MENS DIVISION - (Ages 18 and Over)
  • 1st Place - Blake Dimick 300 pts.

BOYS SPONSORED DIVISION - (13 and Under)
  • 1st Place - Chris Coffman [Southside, Lake Skateboards, Etnies, Progressive, 187 pads] 300 pts.
  • 2nd Place - Alec Spinosi [RIDE] 200 pts.
  • 3rd Place - Jason Salillas [RIDE] 150 pts.

J.R. MENS SPONSORED - (Ages 14 - 17)
  • 1st Place - Cameron Daniels [RIDE] 300 pts.
  • 2nd Place - Steven LaBlanc [Skate Trivia] 200 pts.
  • 3rd Place - Spencer Kelly [RIDE] 150 pts.

MENS SPONSORED - (Ages 18 and over)
  • 1st Place - Bryan Park [RIDE] 300 pts.
  • 2nd Place - Jonathan Barnard [RIDE] 300 pts.
  • 3nd Place - Andrew Black [Skate Trivia] 200 pts.

BEST TEAM
  • Ride Skateboards - 1300
  • Pat Wachter's Skate Trivia - 650
  • Southside - 300
  • London Skate Shop - 0