Glastonbury skateboarders show off at competition

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Jun. 11, 2013
Kevin O'Neil, 13, ollies over three stacked skateboards at the Skate Contest on June 9 at the Glastonbury Skate Park. Photos by Steve Smith.
Kevin O'Neil, 13, ollies over three stacked skateboards at the Skate Contest on June 9 at the Glastonbury Skate Park. Photos by Steve Smith.

Several young skateboarders took part in the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's Skateboard Contest on June 9. For a small entrance fee, competitors could enter the Glastonbury Skate Park and perform airs, ollies, grinds and other tricks to earn prizes from Hoodlum Skateboards of East Hartford.

Skaters were encouraged to challenge themselves to try new tricks, but were judged on their current experience level's technicality, fluidity, speed and style. “I can't do a lot of tricks,” said Matt, 13. “Maybe just a few ollies.”

John Cassandra, a representative from Hoodlum and a 17-year veteran skateboarder himself, led the competition and doled out prizes.
Cassandra said Hoodlum takes part in a lot of events on the east coast, and a few on the west coast, but he was glad to help host an event near home.

“It's fun for me, because I get to cruise around and do stuff like this,” he said. “This is nice, because it's right next to my home town.”
Cassandra also teaches lessons at the Glastonbury Skate Park twice a year – on Saturdays in the spring and fall.

“I like being involved in local brands and events,” Cassandra said. “I don't skate as much as I'd like, but it gets me out there, and it's fun.”
For more information, visit www.hoodlumskateboards.com or www.glasct.org.


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