By Brian Beagle
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Last Sunday, June 13th, The Gatorade Free Flow Tour made it’s stop in Encinitas at the Ecke YMCA. GFFT tours our nation looking for the nest generation of skateboarders and BMXers. At this stop they had Vert and Street events. I was able to attend the vert contest and was stoked at the level of riding I witnessed.
The event was held on a giant vert ramp that was first used in the 2003 X Games and then donated to the Y. Danny Mayer, Adam Taylor, Josh Strafford, and Paul-Luc Ronchetti were the judges and they are seriously qualified. If you are not familiar with any of the names I just mentioned, do yourself a favor and look them up.
There were roughly 18 skaters under 21 broken into 2 heats. Each and every skater shredded the immense ramp. It was awesome to see kids less than 4 feet tall flying above the coping of a 13′ deep ramp. Some of the skaters were close to 6 feet above the deck. […]