Skaters take over Ocean View High for nighttime session
O.C. high school hosts moonlight skaters
Full moons may no longer be associated with strange behavior at night if Red Bull has anything to do with it.
The energy drink company has launched a series of action-sports showcases when a full moon is out; the first being a skating event at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach.
Hundreds of people gathered at the high school campus-turned-skater's haven on Friday night to kick off Moonlight Sessions.
"We asked our athletes where they wanted to skate and they said Ocean View," said Jamie Browning, an event consultant for Red Bull. "The high school purposely built everything so it's not skateable. Red Bull made it skateable."
Red Bull worked with the school to schedule the date, which was announced just seven days before the event. Some skaters also made an announcement at school on Friday to get students excited.
Professional skater Ryan Decenzo, 25, said he's skated Ocean View several times even though it was not allowed. The combination of smooth cement and lots of stairs make for a good place to ride.
"There's a really big skate scene in Huntington Beach, but it's just kind of forgotten about," Decenzo said. "(Ocean View) is raw; it's something the kids skate on a daily basis."
Fifty professionals and up-and-comers of all ages were invited to skate the park. Overlays were placed on the planters so they were no longer rigid, but smooth so the skaters could slide easily along the edge.
Floodlights were set up to illuminate the constructed skate park and a DJ blared music to give the participants a soundtrack.
Among the youngest of the up-and-comers was 12-year-old Fabian Herrera from Huntington Park. He impressed onlookers with tricks that seemed beyond his age, such as a 360-degree flip.
"That's my favorite trick," he said "I came here because this is where all the pro skaters come."
Ocean View High School was the first stop of four on Red Bull's Moonlight Sessions series.
For the next three, they'll find spots in south Los Angeles or Orange County to host surfing, BMX and moto events but plans are still in the works.
Browning said Red Bull hopes to come back to Huntington Beach for the sport that gave the city its nickname, surfing.
"It would be really cool to light up the pier," she said.
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