Best trick, highest ollie (a hop with a skateboard), free food and giveaways marked a fun filled skater bash hosted by the Detroit Lakes Skate Park Association on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Skaters from around the region competed in two categories of best trick, highest ollie and scooter tricks at the city's skate park on May 30, 2021. Winners of the best trick competitions received new skateboard decks, from Tickle Me Not Skateboards, while winners of the other categories received donated gift cards, and other keepsakes.
"I think this was pretty dope, you know, it was a great change for people like me just to come out and skate, and show what they got," said Deon Robinson, advanced best trick contest winner from Houston, Texas. "I think I did pretty good, but I feel I could've done a little bit better. I wanted to do the kickflip-front-nose-slide on the box, but I didn't want to waste time and keep trying it."
Robinson said he has been in Fargo, N.D. for the last two weeks for work when he heard about the event in Detroit Lakes.
Eric Hansen, of Fargo, won the highest ollie portion of the competition and was the only skater to top a nearly 4-foot high bar with his skateboard.
"I feel like I skate like once a month, so it's just nice to get out here and skate," said Hansen. "Just friends getting together. We have our own lives now, so we don't see each other as much and this brings everyone together, it's just great and the free food is always nice."
He also said it's probably the highest jump he has landed in competition.
Event volunteers also grilled food donated by local businesses and provided refreshments to both competitors and more than 100 attendees for free. Organizers also gave away stickers, decals, board wheels, even a pair of shoes to few lucky event-goers toward the end of the event.
The Detroit Lakes Skatepark Association's membership is primarily made up of high schoolers and young adults who have banded together to try and improve the skating in Detroit Lakes. They are currently working on establishing themselves as a nonprofit organization in an effort to secure grant funding.
Members are planning a follow-up event during the city's Fourth of July celebration with date and time yet to be determined. For more information about the Detroit Lakes Skate Park Association, check out the group's website and Facebook page.