Archive for May, 2008

National Go Skateboarding Day! – June 21, 2008

POUR IT NOW, in conjunction with Bluetile Skateboards and Red Bull present National Go Skateboarding Day at Fifth Avenue Deli. The event will provide the skateboarders of Columbia a free, fun, safe place to spend National Go Skateboarding Day. Bring your skateboard on June 21, 2008 and roll around with us. Enjoy bands, skateboard contests and demos by Bluetile Skateboards and Flatbottom Skateboards Team Riders. Bring the family and hang out on the deck of the Fifth Avenue Deli overlooking all the festivities. This family friendly event is fun for everyone.

With no public skateparks in Columbia, SC this event will help prevent potential injury to children forced to look for places to skate that may place them in harm’s way. The event will highlight the need for a safe place for skateboarders to recreate on a daily basis. National Go skateboarding day is only one of 365 days that skaters are looking for a fun, safe place to recreate. The skateboarders of Columbia, SC can’t wait to skate the new Wally Hollyday Designed park. The only thing left to do is build it. Please spend National Go Skateboarding Day at Fifth Avenue Deli and help us get this amazing skatepark built at Owens Field.

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Skatepark Clears Another Barrier

By JOEY HOLLEMAN – jholleman@thestate.com

The design and location of the new Owens Field Skate Park approved last week balanced the needs of skaters with the wishes of neighbors upset at the loss of trees during other park projects.

The plan by Wally Hollyday Design features a linear skate park with bulges for bowls and ledges at either end. It would be tucked between the existing baseball field parking area and the forest.

If the skate park is laid out as designed, no trees would have to be cut down, according to city parks planner Damon McDuffie…

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City Approves Owens Field Skate Park Designs

It’s official, Wally Hollyday’s designs for the new skate park at Owens Field in Rosewood have been approved by unanimous vote in City Council. Parks Planner, Damon McDuffie recommended that the city approve the designs on May 7, 2008.

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Rosewood Crawfish Festival 2008

It’s called the claw for good reason. If you do not respect the claw you get pinched. The 12’7″ vertical skateboard ramp extending up the side of a 20′ building was the center of attention at the 2008 Rosewood Crawfish Festival. More than 100 spectators cheered as Bluetile Skateboards team riders jousted to claim the highest wall ride on the ramp built by Flatbottom Skateboards and East Lake Church.

The window ledge was a notable feature of the Claw. Set into the ramp on the left side was a 9’3″ tall window ledge about 3′ wide by 2′ tall. Nick Thompson led the charge to conquer the window with a rock to fakie, and nollie disaster. He was soon followed by Aaron Green and Wes Cobb with frontside and backside nose-picks, respectively. Will Mayfield claimed the highest ride of the day with his front wheels clearing the top of the ramp and touching brick. The sickness was nearly unbearable. But the crowd seemed most impressed with the uncanny and nearly unbelievable skateboarding abilities of five year old, Jack Winburn.

Sporting a youth small POUR IT NOW T-shirt Jack carefully climbed the ladder to the roll-in. The crowd held their breath as the tiny skateboarder surveyed the ramp. He set his board on the ramp and carefully held it in place with his foot while clutching the top of the ladder. The moment could not have been scripted better by a Hollywood writer. As he released his grip and glided down the roll in the crowd sucked in their hesitation all at once nearly creating a vortex that would have disrupted the space time continuum, no doubt, had jack not effortlessly flown up the wall and come back down with the biggest smile a child has ever had on their face. The crowd released their breath all at once in an explosion of cheers and applause. Jack had won them over from their hearts to their pocketbooks. One spectator said, as he put a bill in the donation jar, “watching that kid just inspired me to give.” That’s exactly what everyone did.

POUR IT NOW sold nearly $2000 worth of sk820, but more importantly we delighted the Rosewood Community. Columbia City Council Member, Anne Sinclair and The Parks and Recreation Commission’s Parks Planner, Damon McDuffie were on hand to show Wally Hollyday’s designs for the proposed skatepark and answer any of the community’s questions. City Council Member elect, Belinda Gergel was also spotted in the crowd enjoying the high flying, light hearted antics of the skateboarders. This event put us one step closer to getting our skatepark.

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