North Delta Rotary Skatepark will be action-packed on Canada Day.
Members of the skateboarding community will be stoked to know that Street Dreamz Board Shop is having its second annual "Canada Day Jam" at the popular skatepark on Monday, July 1.
Last year was the event's inaugural year and it was so well received that organizers knew they had to do it again, said storeowner Chris Sommerville. "It was a huge turnout.
"This year, we're planning on making it even bigger and better."
Skateboarding contests, giveaways and a barbecue will highlight the afternoon. New this year, the shop will be awarding trophies to the winners in each contest category. "We didn't do it last year," said Gillian Faulkner who co-owns the shop. "We usually give out (sponsored prizes) but we were talking and thinking that we'd give out trophies this year so the kids have something to take home and something to be proud of."
Skateboarders can register onsite to compete, and those under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver. The contests are divided into three categories: beginner, intermediate and advanced. There is also a "best trick" contest where the participants get to "throw down" an obstacle in the course and do their thing.
"That's probably one of my favourite parts of the contest," Sommerville said. "The kids are so good nowadays, it's amazing; they pick up tricks so fast!"
Sommerville, 33, was also an avid skateboarder until 10 years ago when he lost the use of both of his legs in a car accident.
Now he gets around on a different set of wheels - a wheelchair. But he doesn't let this get in his way of staying involved with his passion, and he opened Street Dreamz Board Shop on Scott Road just under two years ago.
"After my accident, it was really hard for me," he said. "I really had to figure out what to do with my life and I've always wanted to own a skateboard shop, it's always been my dream. The shop's growing, we're almost at two years now and it's been really good - I'm happy," he said.
"I still love skateboarding and I love being here for the community - we're supported and we want to support them," he said. "It's going to be an awesome day."
The "Canada Day Jam" is a free event open to the public, at 84th Avenue and 114th Street from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is sponsored by The Corporation of Delta as well as recognized skateboarding brands like Zero, Supra and Deathwish.
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