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The 2009 Carbondale Cup Mountain Madness Skateboard contest was held Aug. 22 at the North Face Skate Park. Though the turnout was small with just 12 athletes participating, the event was big on spectators, prizes and tricks. The participants ranged in age from 8-24 years and competed in three divisions: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced/Sponsored.

Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in each group, as well as for a “Best Trick” in each division. Winners were as follows-Beginner: James Straw (1st), Nolen Johnson (2nd), Chace Maytham (3rd), Maliea Sanchez (Best Trick); Intermediate: Alfonso Madrigal (1st and Best Trick), Emilio Alcala (2nd), Nicolas Rojas (3rd); Advanced/Sponsored: Ryan Green (1st and Best Trick), Evan Tooley (2nd), Fred Ables (3rd). Congratulations to all of our winners.

New this year was a special surprise for one lucky audience member. Based on the judges’ observations of the crowd, one lucky child received a free skateboard deck in order to be able to pursue a future in the sport. Elan Bouchet was all smiles when he realized he was the chosen kid. I would like to thank my event judges, Keith Taylor and Jason Troth, for their difficult task of picking the winners. A huge thank-you goes to Chris Johnson, Carbondale Recreation skateboard instructor, for all his help in planning and running the contest, as well as providing the MC talent and additional skate features for the contestants to showcase their skill on.

Additionally, many sponsors deserve recognition for their generous contributions to the event. Thank you to all of the following businesses who donated prizes: Casual Culture, Radio Boardshop of Aspen, Polar Revolution of Aspen, Sidewinder Sports of Snowmass, Vanessa Anthes with ESPN and X-Games, Spud’s Subs and Suds, the Pour House, White House Pizza, Peppino’s Pizza, The Lift: Coffee Saloon and Eatery, and the Crystal Theatre. And one final thank-you to Recreation Specialist Jason Thraen for his assistance with the event.

Jessi Rochel

Carbondale Recreation

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