Skateboarders ride for a recovery |

Skateboarders ride for a recovery

Kelly Hagenah
Courtesy VailPM.comWyatt Milhoan from Littleton won second place in the 6- to 9-year-old division.

DWARDS ” Skaters from throughout Eagle County joined together Aug. 5 to compete, have fun and support a friend in need.

The contest, called “No Contest,” was a part of the Mountain Madness Series, a statewide skateboard competition, and was held at the Freedom Park Skatepark in Edwards.

The kids competed, but the real beneficiary was Mark Voight, a longtime county resident, whose car collided with an elk June 12 and has been hospitalized ever since. While his injuries were initially considered life-threatening, he is now expected to make a fair recovery.

Voight’s medical bills are piling up after several surgeries and many days in intensive care.

“We had a huge turnout,” said Jay Restrepo, one of the hosts of the competition and an owner of the BoardRoom skate shop in Avon. “It was awesome.”

Last year, Restrepo and the same group of skaters got together to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. “The Valley came out in droves,” Restrepo said. “It’s great to see locals taking care of things on their own.”

As for the competition, the judging was by age division as the skaters ranged in age and ability. The different age groups were “super grom” (6-9 years old), “grom” (10-13), “shredder” (14-17), “ripper” (18+), and “old dogg,” which was for those above a certain age group who dared to take a chance in park.

“The best part was the valley support,” said Restrepo. “We had locals coming out in herds to help us out. I think that’s amazing.”

There is always something to be done for the community, and Restrepo said he and his skater friends want to help out whether it’s for a local or victims of catastrophic events hundreds of miles away.

They just want to “spread the sideways love,” Restrepo said.

Sideways is Restrepo’s term for “sideways” sports such as skateboarding, wake boarding, and snowboarding.

“We teach so much more than skateboarding,” Restrepo said. “Our coaching philosophy is not to be the best ourselves, but to get the best out of others.”

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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