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Gypsum: CJs Boardshop plans first skateboarding competition

Sarah Mausolf
Gypsum, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoColin Gitchell, 9, center, practices his rock to fakie move as Chris Pates, left, skate coach and manager of CJ's Board Shop, and fellow student, Josh Brode, 9, right, watch Wednesday during a skateboard class at the skate shop in Gypsum this spring

GYPSUM, Colorado –CJs Boardshop in Gypsum plans its first skateboarding competition on Saturday.

Shop owner Chris Pates expects at least 50 kids to participate.

“They’ll have a lot of fun and they’ll be able to show off what they’ve learned over the past few months,” he said.

Kids will do tricks on a halfpipe inside CJs and wind through a “street” setup complete with rails and quarter pipes, he said.

A group of expert skaters from Colorado will do the judging. Among the prizes will be skateboarding parts like decks, wheels and trucks.

You don’t have to be an expert skater to participate. Pates said he welcomes skaters of all abilities.

This is the first of several skating competitions planned at the shop. Other competitions are slated for August and September, Pates said.

CJs Boardshop opened in April in the Caddis Corner Shopping Center near Costco. Part boutique, part skateboarding school, the shop features a 5-foot-tall halfpipe.

What: Sk8 Comp

Where: CJs Boardshop, 150 Cooley Mesa Road, Gypsum

When: Saturday, July 25. Registration starts at 9 a.m. for kids under 13; registration begins at 3 p.m. for kids 13 and older.

Cost: $15 registration fee

More information: 970-328-3113; Parents can visit to download and sign a waiver for children under 18

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