Merrick Orr ollies for some sick air at the Sooke School District's School Skate Team Competition on Saturday

West Shore skaters rip it up at comp

About 300 people came out to watch about 30 competitors to rip it up at the Langford Skate Park.



About 300 people came out to watch about 30 competitors to rip it up at the Langford Skate Park near Belmont secondary school this past Saturday.

In the beginners category Luke Hanna placed first, Aiden Small took second, while Brayden (no last name given) and Luca Hadrich took third and fourth place, respectively. For intermediates, in first place came Marly Pasichnyk, second was Matthew Haigh, third place Cam Blaney and Connor Lund took fourth.

For the advanced competitors, Merrick Orr took the top spot, while Tyler Woods came second, Brenan McEwen took third and Jesse Qayum came in fourth.

Organizer Debbie Qayum, of SideStep Skateboarding School, said she heard a lot of positive feedback over the event.

“It’s really important to bring the community into what the kids are doing, to show off their skill and their talent and to have everybody see that and support them. … Let the kids know they are being supported and there are people that care about this type of sport.”

Along with the skateboarding were bands, face painting and other fun events.

“It was just a lot of fun,” Qayum said.