Kids learn and build community at skateboard games event



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There was air. There were flips. And yes, there were also a few slams.

But it was all fun Saturday afternoon at the Ultimate Game of SKATE, a rail jam – featuring a variety of skateboarding competitions – and open skate time hosted by the Santa Clarita Push Skate School and Fitstyle LA businesses.

The youth event drew dozens of families for an afternoon of skateboarding, music, food and games.

Event host Shawn Rennie, center, watches Cash Medeiros, left, and Freddy Pulido do Rock Paper Scissors to see which team goes first at the Game of SKATE event held at Fitstyle LA in Santa Clarita on Saturday 080721. Dan Watson / The Signal

“We’re trying to bring more recognition for the diversity of the sport,” said Jason Lopes, owner of Fitstyle LA, a gym on Ferry Court.

Lopes, who also skates, said the event was also aimed at bringing people together to inspire each other and have fun.

“It’s all really community driven,” said Shawn Rennie, owner of Push Skate School. “I think we’re all reacting to not being that much out there and that’s a good way for us to come back out.”

Event host Shawn Rennie calls on skateboarders to come together for the start of the Game of SKATE competition, held at Fitstyle LA in Santa Clarita on Saturday 080721. Dan Watson / The Signal

Hitomi Pino of Santa Clarita and her family were enjoying the outdoors on Saturday. Her two young children, both prepped for skateboarding, took classes run by Push Skate School at Santa Clarita Skate Park all summer.

“It’s actually great for both of them to see bigger kids doing more tricks than they’ve ever seen,” she said. “They can skate with them. It encourages them to learn more.

Edwin Proano, of Santa Clarita, was with his wife, daughter and son, Jaden, 6, at the event.

Ashton Harris, 9, eats fries on his skateboard while waiting for the Game of SKATE competition to start at Fitstyle LA in Santa Clarita on Saturday 080721. Dan Watson / The Signal

“We love the skate community,” he said, noting that he skates too. “It’s great for the kids.

Jaden said her favorite part of skating was going down the ramp.

“I feel happy,” he said of his experience on the ramp that day.

Tyler Hassen competes in the Game of SKATE competition held at Fitstyle LA in Santa Clarita on Saturday 080721. Dan Watson / The Signal

Jaden was skating with Tatiana Petote, 6, from Castaic, who had a few small cuts on her knees after a long day of skating.

Tatiana’s mother Sinthia Petote said her daughter started skating earlier this year.

“Everything is self-taught,” said Petote. “All she does is watch YouTube videos.”

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