Culture
3:41 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Major Skateboard Contests Come to Colorado Springs

This weekend, the local skateboarding non-profit SK8-Strong will host the Rocky Mountain State Games, an amateur contest at Memorial Park. They’ll host a professional contest at Memorial Park on the weekend of August 8. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down and spoke with SK8-Strong’s founder, 16-year-old professional skateboarder Jono Schwan, and Rachel Reinhard, a local professional who recently competed in the X-Games in Brazil.

Interview with Professional Skateboarders Jono Schwan, founder of Sk8-Strong, and Rachel Reinhard who recently competed in the X-Games.

Get all the details about this weekend's amateur contest and the August 8 - 10 Rampage over at Sk8-Strong.

Watch Rachel Reinhard skating the Manitou skatepark with a group of other skaters:

See the evolution of the 1080 leading up to Jono Schwan last May:

First it was the 540 McTwist by Mike McGill in 1984,

then the 720 by Tony Hawk in 1985,

then the 900 by Tony Hawk in 1999, then the 1080 by 12-year-old Tom Schaar in 2012,

and then the second 1080 by 16-year-old Colorado Springs resident Jono Schwan this past May:

We'll speak with Schwan about the trick, the vert ramp he helped get built here at Memorial Park, and the amateur and professional contests his organization Sk8 Strong helped organize for the July 19 - 21 and August 8-10. Tune in tomorrow just before 5 o'clock on All Things Considered.