Winter Park skate park: A different kind of rodeo |

Winter Park skate park: A different kind of rodeo

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Skaters of all abilities and ages are gearing up to shred the pavement for prizes during the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Concrete Rodeo on Thursday.

Thursday’s Concrete Rodeo is the second of three skateboarding events that have been planned at the new Hideaway Skate Park. The first was a clinic and demo in June and the first-ever High Altitude Battle of the Bands and Boards, presented by Sky-Hi Daily News and the Grand County Blues Society, is scheduled 11 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. The deadline for interested teen bands is today, Aug. 1. E-mail editor Autumn Phillips ( for an application.

Both events are family-friendly with an emphasis on skating and each date has a unique twist with varied skate-related activities, vendors and live music.

This week’s Concrete Rodeo highlights skateboard daring and skills and is the first National Tour Stop for the Concrete Rodeo skate competition. Competitors might roll on to Edwards, then Aspen, and finally Myrtle Point, Ore.

Eight age groups, all abilities, men and women are welcome to come out and show their stuff Thursday at Hideaway Park. Traditional format is that all riders take two one-minute runs in an order determined at random. The highest score of the two runs counts as the winning run of the day.

The top eight females and the top 16 males advance to what is called the Jousting Finals ” a head-to-head, single-elimination bracket format with two riders dropping into the park at the same time for a one-minute run. The best rider advances to the next round and the Jousting Finals determine the Overall Best Concrete Rodeo Rider of the Day. Event representatives may determine to reduce the runs to 45 seconds based on the amount of the entries (made when 60 or more riders have entered).

Riders are required to wear the minimum of a helmet during all Concrete Rodeo Tour competition runs, including the Jousting. The Tour and event representatives may also additionally enforce any park, local or state laws that demand riders to wear additional protection. Anyone can register to skate, with a $25 fee to compete. Visit for information on how to participate.

Patrons are encouraged to stay after the Concrete Rodeo for free live music from 6 to 8 p.m. during the Chamber’s High-Note Thursdays, featuring the Wendy Woo Quartet.

Sponsors of the event are the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber, town of Winter Park, Fraser Valley Recreation District, Jack’s Board House, Globe, Bacon, Concrete Rodeo, Powder Tools, The Viking Lodge and the Sky-Hi Daily News.

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