For the third time in as many years, that old dusty hanger at the Sand Point Naval Station played host to the Sound and the Fury amateur skate competition. First off I have to give props to Marshall Reid and friends for putting together one hell of a contest. The turn out was huge. Attendance ranged from skater-moms to media and everyone in between. This place was packed. Over 320 skaters put their skills to the test, but only one from each division could walk away with top honors. The course this year was killed by Mark Appleyard who took first in factory division. He owned the flat bar with every available crook variation in the book. Colt Cannon ranked second with some smooth skating. Cannonballs over the car where on target all day. Alpha Numeric was in the house with these two skaters, as well as Jaime Reyes with first place in the girls division. The third spot in factory went to Washington native Dan Hessler. He’s fun to watch because it’s all power. He likes to go big.
Other skaters that stood out included Adrian Williams with a backside 180 kickflip over the hood of the car and a kickflip backside lipslide on the slant bar. Ryan Kentfield stuck hardflips over the hood and Dave Hupp threw down a noseblunt slide on the ledge to bank. After the last skater got his run Marshall pulled out a wad of money and started flowing $100 to the best tricks. Michito Iwata got paid with a switch backside 5-0 across the top of the windshield. Mark Appleyard stuck a backside 180 nollie heelflip over the car. Colt Cannon busted a kickflip backside lipslide 18-feet across and down the bank to rail and Dan Hessler made money for a frontside bigspin railslide across and down the bank to rail.
Amateurs weren’t the only skaters there. Chet Thomas, Aarto Saari, Gershon Mosely,and Jesse Paez were just a few of the pros that showed up. All and all this event boiled down to nothing but fun. Part four? I can’t wait!