Youth skateboarding clinic offered in Vail |

Youth skateboarding clinic offered in Vail

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VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s weekly Skateboard Clinic is offering active kids plenty of excitement and instruction from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at the Vail Skatepark. Clinics are available for students of all levels on a drop-in basis, and skaters will receive tips in a small student-to-instructor ratio.

“Skateboarding is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical,” said skateboarding instructor CJ Poulin, who has taught the VRD clinics each summer since 2007. “I encourage skaters to think things are beyond their reach and help them realize it’s possible.”

The clinics cover everything from basic skills and etiquette for newcomers, to dropping-in or perfecting a boardslide or kickflip for the more advanced skateboarders. All participants should bring their own skateboard and helmet, while other protective gear such as knee, elbow and wrist guards are recommended. “A lot of what we teach here is park and transition skateboarding,” Poulin said. “We work to get skaters ready so they can go out on their own and negotiate the park.”

Eleven-year-old Kirk Hedrick, a Houston resident who has been participating in the clinics since he was 5, said he’s trying to master new tricks during the clinics.

“My goal is to master a tail stall this summer,” Hedrick said.

Located on top deck of the Lionshead parking structure, the Vail Skatepark is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Parking to access the facility is available in the Lionshead parking structure and is free all day, all summer long. The Tuesday clinic costs $20 for Eagle County residents or $25 for outside guests.

For more information, go to http://www.vail or call 970-479-2292. For more information on all other VRD activities, go to

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