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Last year’s This Is Skate-boarding event at The Bay. This year, beginner and intermediate competitions will be today, and advanced and expert skaters will compete Saturday.


Some will grind. Some will shred. Some will probably fall.

The Bay, a Lincoln nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youths, is hosting This is Skateboarding, a two-day skateboarding competition today and Saturday at The Bay’s indoor skate park, 2005 Y St. in Lincoln.

Competition is open to the public for a $10 fee, and registration will be open through today, said Alex Ruybalid, communications director for The Bay.

The competition is free to spectators, but voluntary donations will be accepted to support The Bay’s work with young people.

The showcase will begin this afternoon at 5 o’clock with a beginner division competition, followed by the intermediate competition at 8 p.m. The advanced division will compete at 3 p.m. Saturday, and the expert division will follow at 7 p.m.

Professional skateboarder Joey Brezinski will judge the competition. Brezinski, a California-based skater known for his technical style, helped create Red Bull’s Manny Mania competition in 2007.

“We’re going to have great skateboarding, and the fact that we have pros coming out from California ... this isn’t an experience you normally get in Nebraska,” Ruybalid said.

The beginner, intermediate and advanced competitions will receive product prizes. The expert skaters will compete for cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100. The first-place finisher also will receive a year of free burritos from Wahoo’s Fish Taco.

Brandon Ramos, 23, of Lincoln plans to compete in the expert division.

“It’s really exciting because people are going to be really competitive this time around,” he said.

Ramos said his strategy will be to skate a consistent run, performing easier tricks with an overall low chance of failing. A flawless run, he said, will play better than one impressive trick.

Though the event will be free to the public, money generated from the competition fees and donations will go to support The Bay’s general fund, Ruybalid said.

The Bay, founded in 2010, is a warehouse where youths facing homelessness, food scarcity or other poverty-related problems can learn hobbies and explore communities in skating, art and music, Ruybalid said.

He said organizers are raising money to launch the next phase of the project, which involves expanding the skate park to include a coffee shop that will serve as a vocational training program and a digital art space and all-ages concert venue.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3131, blake.ursch@owh.com, twitter.com/blakeursch_owh

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