Skate Jam brings out beginners and experts alike

Local skateboarders and BMX riders will show off their skills at Skate Jam.

Skate Jam is an annual two-day competition, held at James City Skate Park. Skateboarding will take place June 22. BMX riders take to the park June 23. The friendly competition is open to all ages and experience levels.

“We have a tight-knit group of patrons who frequent the skate park and it gives the competition more of that family feel,” James City Recreation Program Coordinator Sarah O’Reilly said. “For any newcomers or novice participants, I have noticed nothing but encouragement from the regulars and more-skilled skaters.”

The competition typically features prizes like gift cards to skate shops, skateboard decks and stickers, O’Reilly said.

Participants will be divided by experience level and judged on difficulty of the run and style, said county spokeswoman Veda McMullen.

More experienced participants often use downtime to teach skills to younger and inexperienced riders. The event is expected to include skateboarding clinics as well as live music and food, O’Reilly said.

Registration for contestants is $10. Spectators are free. Registration and warmups begin at 4:30 p.m. each day. While not required, preregistration is recommended, McMullen said.

Registration can be completed online, at the event, or at James City County Recreation Center, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Freedom Park, Chickahominy Riverfront Park or the Toano county office. To register by phone, call 757-259-4200.

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Want to go?

When: 5p.m., June 22-23.

Where: Skate Park, 5301 Longhill Road.

Cost: $10 per person per day.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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