Free skateboard tutorial to roll into Kelowna

Young boys and girls will have a chance to learn some new tricks for free on July 26 in the parking lot of Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

Young boys and girls will have a chance to learn some new tricks for free on July 26 in the parking lot of Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

West 49’s LRN2SK8 tour , presented by Disney XD, targets beginner skateboarders five-years-old and up.

The program is designed to help youth develop their confidence and skateboard skills in a supervised and safe area.

“The half day program includes a variety of elements. The mock classroom lessons feature trick descriptions and a brief history of skateboarding,” said Micki Benedetti, spokesperson for the tour.

“The build-a-board workshop will teach participants how to install bearings and apply grip tape. Small group lessons will aid in individual progression, execution and analysis. All the elements will be taught by seasoned riders.”

The veteran instructors include Brandon Levalds, Levi, Jon Holowachuk, Keaton Evans and Matt Dittrick.

Dittrick, the West 49 area manager for southern Ontario, has been skateboarding for over 20 years and has been teaching skateboarding for more than six years. Levi is a sponsored skater for Shredz Skateshop, Olive Skateboards and Vans through Sazon Agency.

Kids will get the opportunity to ride in a fully enclosed mobile skate park that includes the Jones Soda street course featuring Element drop spot obstacles.

Kelowna is the 11th stop on the 30 city tour, which runs from June 25 to Sept. 2. Other British Columbia hosting cities include Kamloops, Vancouver, Prince George and Chilliwack.

The event will offer two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. with free skate offered at 3 p.m.

Kids are required to wear helmets while participating. Helmets and skateboards will be available for use during the programs. Those interested can register online at www.west49lrn2sk8.com.

Advance online registration is recommended as a maximum of 45 kids can be registered for the event.

 

Kelowna Capital News