Fourteen-year-old Dave Williams has only been skating for two years, but thinks he has the skills to warrant a sponsorship from West 49.
He may be right.
At the age of 12, with only three short weeks of riding under his belt, Williams took first place in the "most advanced" category during a skateboard competition hosted in the Toronto area.
To celebrate International Go Skateboarding Day, Williams and about 18 other aspiring riders came out and showed off at the Superior Community Skatepark Association's (SCSA) skateboard competition held this afternoon in the parking lot of the John Rhodes Community Centre.
Events included demonstrations and competitions for all age categories, with prizes provided by West 49 and The Rad Zone.
A definite highlight was the "best tricks on the spine" contest.
Kaleb Demour placed third for his frontside flip, earning him a DVD prize package.
Placing second and taking home a new set of wheels for his pop shuv-it to fakie, 50-50 off the side, and fast-plant transfer was Mathew Ladouceur, AKA Skater Mattie.
For successfully landing a kick-flip fakie rock 'n roll, a heel-flip fakie rock 'n roll, a frontside ollie to tail, and a frontside 180 pivot transfer, Taylor Cesco rode home with a new Bueno Stacey Lowery deck and first place.
To get a skatepark update from SCSA president Travis McCormack and see some video footage of the riders in action captured by SooToday.com's Tyler Simpson, here.
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The SCSA will wrap up its International Go Skateboarding Day celebration this evening with a pub night at Brody's Sports Bar and Grill located in the John Rhodes Community Centre.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Admission to this all-ages event is $7 with all proceeds going towards the construction of Sault Ste. Marie's permanent skatepark.
Skatepark donation forms are available for download here.