Battle on the Blue – Colorado

Mouth of the South. Jimmy Leaphart

Last weekend the second annual Battle on the Blue skateboard competition took place in my hometown of Breckenridge, Colorado. Friday was pretty unfortunate as there was supposed to be a free PROgression session going down from 4-6pm, but due to the weather that got moved indoors to the gym’s rec center and no one showed up, myself included. This event is geared towards all levels of skateboarders, from those who are just beginning, to those who have been skateboarding their whole life. To spice up the incentive, first place from each event received an automatic entry to the semi-finals of the Rocky Mountain rampage!

Words + photos by Dan / Raw Media Labs

…after the street contest we jumped on over to the 15 and unders in the mini bowl. You could tell Luke Brewer is a local at this bowl as he pieced together a clean line. Ryder Reed lays down a frontside 5-0 during the contest to land him a spot on the podium.

Ryder Reed. Frontside stand up grind.
10 year old shredder with a layback air in the deep-end.

Collin Hyon scooped up the Gold, Ryder Reed snagged the Silver and 9 year old Ben Longley took home the Bronze for the 15 and under mini bowl. Next we jumped into some warm up heats in the big bowl, but not before the 15 and under threw on a little demo for everyone!

Luke Brewer. Fast Plant.
Collin Hyon. Madonna
Collin Hyon. 360 air.
Collin Hyon. Blasting Backside.

After the 15 and unders threw down a little demo, it was on to the big dawgs in the 15 and over. Broken down into multiple heats, everyone gathered around to witness these heavy hitters that came from all over the state and surrounding states.

Final results (Pro/Am):

1st: Chuck Pontone
2nd: Zach Cusano
3rd: Stefan Wilson


Stefan Wilson. Fast Plant.
Stefan Wilson. FSA.
Mary D’Antoni. Backside Air.
Jesse “Motor” Scelso. Miller Flip.
Adam Mercado. Sweeper.
Jesse “Motor” Scelso. Iceplant.
Josh Rodriguez. Frontside grind.
Adam Mercado. Frontside air.

Don’t forget to check out the Rocky Mountain Rampage on August 18th-20th – another event held by Sk8-Strong. This event is Colorado’s premier Pro/Am skate contest held in Colorado Springs. It’s an authentic grassroots competition for skateboarders, by skateboarders. Hope to see everyone there!

Jesse Scelso. Frontside invert.

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