The homeys were stoked after busting a few phat moves and only one dude bonked and got his oil checked.
Translation: The skateboarders were happy with their performance and only one person fell and landed on his behind while sliding down a handrail.
The language may sound a little odd but it was heard in abundance this past Saturday during the skateboard competition and open house at the North Penin-sula Recreation Service Area Skateboard Park in Nikiski.
"We found out that there were a lot of people in the community who didn't know it was here," said recreation director Karen Kester in regard to the reason for the weekend festivities.
The skate park has been open for the past four years, but has primarily remained an underground facility, its existence and location being passed only by word of mouth from kids in the area that frequently use the park.
However, the inception of the skate park is a testament to how pro-active youth culture can be after setting their minds on a particular task or goal.
"The kids themselves were instrumental," Kester said. "They were a tremendous help in getting it going and in keeping it going."
She said four years ago the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board was approached by the skateboarders to build a facility, since the school district and local authorities had been cracking down on the kids for skating around town.
"We took a serious look at it," said Kester, and after much research the board decided that it would be a worthwhile endeavor and agreed to build the skate park.
Mary Brodick of Soldotna grimaces while filming her son's run in the competition. Many parents were in attendance, but found it difficult to watch as their kids skinned elbows and scrapped knees when they were unsuccessful at landing some tricks.
Photo by Joseph Robertia
"The general idea was to give area youth that skateboard a place to go and do their thing a place of their own. It's like football players have a football field. Skateboarders had nothing of their own, but now they have a skate park," she said.
The operation began slowly to ensure everything was done safely and by the numbers, Kester said.
"We purchased the equipment and had it built and signed off by engineers," she said.
The initial cost of four pieces of skateboard equipment including ramps, handrails and boxes to do tricks on totaled $26,000 and was funded by North Peninsula Recrea-tion Service Area taxpayers.
"Since then we got a state grant for youth intervention and were able to purchase four more pieces of equipment at a cost of $28,000," Kester said.
To break in the new equipment, the Nikiski Pool Foundation sponsored the skateboard competition and provided free food and drinks to those in attendance. State Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, manned the grill, cooking dozens of hot dogs for the hungry crowd.
The kids arranged their own entertainment in the form of DJ Lift, also known as Nigel Pinhale. The kids grooved to an assortment of music.
Grimaces adorned the faces of parents 30 years and older standing on the sidelines as they winced and cringed through songs like "Catch Scratch Fever" and "Ironman" that were altered into versions that were more rap and hip-hop than classic rock-n-roll.
However, the kids enjoyed the music to skate by.
Brandon Chenault was one of the original skaters who championed the cause to get the park built and he helped organize the weekend's competition.
"It's turned out out really good," he said. "We wanted a cool skate park instead of getting kicked out of everywhere around town."
Sonny Ogle, a skateboarder from Kenai, also enjoyed the facilities.
"I like it. It's something different," he said.
Jason Borgstede made the drive from Eagle River to skate the park.
"It's awesome," he said. "The ground, it's a little rough, but it's a nice setup with good obstacles."
Anthony Black from Anchorage was skating the park for his first time.
"I like everything about it," he said. "Anchorage (stinks) compared to this. I could skate here a week straight."
Mary Brodick of Soldotna was there video recording her son's, Colton Cuifo, heat in the competition. She likes that the kids have a place to call their own.
"I think it was a wonderful idea. I'm sure it cost a lot, but I'm glad they spent the money on it. It gives them a place to be with kids that share similar interests," Brodick said.
She said it's good that the kids have a place where they can skateboard legally, as well.
Her son is 11 and already has had a run-in with the police his only crime was skating behind a shopping plaza.
"He also likes that this park is more for street skating compared to the park in Soldotna. That is more for vertical skating," she said, adding that the vertical obstacles of other skate parks bring in a lot of trick bicyclers.
The skate park in Nikiski is strictly for skateboarding and in-line skating.
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