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Seventh annual Fall Classic at Etnies Skatepark

Skaters tear up rails at Etnies Skatepark


LAKE FOREST – Hundreds of skate enthusiasts turned out at Etnies Skatepark for the seventh annual Fall Classic 2011.

About 40 skaters competed in categories including Mini Groms, age 7 and under; Groms, 8 to 11; and Shredders, 12 to 14. Also taking part was a group of sponsored skaters ranging in age from 10 to 19. Each skater got two 45-second runs in the street and flow courses. There was also an all-skate jam. The Saturday event drew about 300 spectators and brought skaters from throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

More than $400 was raised for the skate park. The event was sponsored by the city of Lake Forest, and skate-oriented companies like Etnies, DLXSF, BrokenMagazine.com, Focus Boardshop and S-One Helmets.

This was the first year the Fall Classic was held on some of the new features in the recently expanded section of the skate park.

"It made it really fun because the kids could do more tricks on the rail because they used the new six-stair, which is half the size of the 11-stair original feature," said Nick Gates, skate park coordinator. "This contest continues to be really popular because it's the only one that has street and flow courses. It's good for all ages and at the end of the day, everyone leaves happy."

Contact the writer: 949-454-7307 or eritchie@ocregister.com

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