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Skateboarding showdown to hit Main

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff
Martin Drayton cares around cones.
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Isn’t it too early for Park City to host a slalom event? Not if it’s not on snow.

This Saturday the Showdown on Main Street, a slalom skateboarding event, will hit Lower Main on all wheels. The event, which is presented by Chester’s Blacksmith Shop, will feature a dual cone course for bracketed skateboard competitors to show off their speed and prowess. According to event organizer Martin Drayton, the event is attracting skaters from all over the Northwest and Hawaii as well as a number of local competitors.

This is the second year the Utah Pavement Carvers-sponsored event has been held in Park City. Last year, Drayton helped stage an outlaw race, where skaters use a public street without official permission for a race. The event was so successful that Drayton decided to plan a much more prominent race, with plans to expand it every year.

The event will offer a dual hybrid competition, much like a dual GS, with cones set far apart on the road. The other will be a dual tight slalom with about a six-foot space between cones. There will be an amateur and a pro division, as well as classes for junior, age 13 and over and children, age 12 and under. Racers will try to skate their way through the brackets until it comes down to the final two skaters for the championship battle.

Drayton says he expects a wide range of ages at the event. Many slalom skateboarders are between the ages of 25-40, because they grew up during skate boarding’s height. The other large contingent is young children, who are just getting into the sport.

"It’s very different from traditional skateboarding, because the age groups vary," Drayton said.

It is also a very easy sport to learn. Drayton says that many of the local adult slalom skateboarders have picked up the sport in just a few years, drawing upon their snowboarding experience. The sport is inexpensive, requires no tricks or special moves and uses protective equipment, which even more accessible.

It also should be very easy to watch. Because of the dual format, spectators can get caught up in the excitement of each race. It’s edgy quality has also attracted the attention of a radio stations and varied sponsors, which should lend a party-like atmosphere on Saturday.

Drayton hopes that all of the regional attendees will help the Park City tourism, and become a permanent fixture on the local sports schedule.

He has also received the support of the many sponsors, who will be provided lots of skateboarding gear to all participants. Fees to participate are $15 for children, $25 for juniors and $40 for adults, and everyone receives about $30 of gear donated by the sponsors.

For anyone interested in the sport following the Showdown, Drayton says there are options to learn. Weekly skate sessions are held around the city. Park City and Salt Lake shops like the Click, Quiksilver and Salty Peaks all carry the necessary gear needed for slalom skateboarding.

The Showdown on Main Street will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.7 on lower Main Street.For more information on the race or slalom skateboarding, visit http://www.slalomskateboarder.com or the Northern California Downhill Skateboarding Association (NCDSA) website at http://www.ncdsa.com.

Volunteers to arrange cones are still needed for the event. Dayton has offered an event shirt, meals and an entry into a raffle for a longboard deck. E-mail skierdad2@msn.com for more details.


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