Skaters, fans celebrate skateboarding with competition at Woodland Park

ashelton@herald-leader.comJune 21, 2013 

Skateboarders flew in the air, slid down rails, scraped knees, and bobbed their heads to live music while thinking of the ultimate trick. The skating arena looked intense as each competitor tried for the grand prize.

Fans fanned themselves in the sun and cheered on the amateur skaters.

It was all part of the 9th annual Cosmic Invasion Skateboard Competition, sponsored by the Lexington skate shop and accessories store Cosmic Colors at Woodland Park on Friday. The event is held on June 21 to celebrate National Go Skateboarding Day.

In addition to watching the skating, spectators and participants enjoyed free tacos and energy drinks, visited vendors and got autographs from pro skaters.

A dunk tank provided the chance to dunk Cosmic Colors co-owner Alan Procter for $5. Part of the proceeds will go to Friends for Skate Parks, a local nonprofit organization that works to create new skate parks and advance existing ones in Lexington.

Skaters could enter the competition for $5 at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. They skated in groups as skate professionals Shuriken Shannon, Brendan Keaveny, Jon Cosentino, and Darius 'Woogie' Jackson served as judges.

"The judges were looking for creativity, consistency, and use of the whole skate park," Cosmic Colors manager Leonard Ledford said.

Cecily McMillan came from Louisville to watch her son Aaron Miller compete.

"This is the second year we've attended this competition. It is nerve-wrecking and chaotic in the skating arena," McMillan said. "As a mom, I would like to see the skaters wear protective gear. All the skateboarders did a good job, but I think it would be cooler and safer if each skater could individually show off their talent."

The judges decided that advanced skateboarder James Todd had the total package; he took home the $500 grand prize. Drew Isaacs won the beginner level, and Jimi Morrison won the intermediate level. They each took home prize packs filled with gift cards, T-shirts, and skateboard accessories.

Fans and skaters ended the night by celebrating at Cosmic Charlie's.

Alysee Shelton: (859) 231-1330. Twitter: @heraldleader

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