Start your own Skateboarding Contest

No contests in your area? No great skateboarder get-togethers where you live? Well, you can either cry about it, or start your own contest. Running your own contest may seem hard, but is actually realitively easy, with a little help. Contests (or just open skates) are a great way to meet other local skateboarders and to just have fun. Here's how you do it:

1. Find a place to hold it
The ideal spot is a big, wide, paved open area where no other people or cars would get in the way. Parking lots are ideal. Take into account that you'll need enough room for ramps, rails, two booths, and a place for people to watch. That's a lot of space, so find a big parking lot. Now most businesses will not appreciate you using their parking lot. First, find a parking lot that is realitively unused. Then you can go ask the manager of the store if it's okay to set up in front of his store (this is optional). Another good place to hold it would be behind a big store, like a grocery store.

2. Set a date and time
Weekends are by far the best. If you plan on doing this in the summer, then any day is okay. Late mornings (like noon) are good times to start. Allow at least 45 minutes before the contest for warmup.

3. Build/get ramps, rails, boxes, etc.
Without something to skate on, the contest is worthless. Here's a generic list of what you should have (this is only a guide):

- two launch ramps (one straight, one curved)
- two fun boxes (coping optional, but helpful)
- two rails (vary the heights)
- pyramid (very optional, but great to have)
- bank (a big straight ramp can double for a bank)

Now, you don't have to build all of this yourself. You can find ramp plans on the net. Get friends to help. Also, it's likely that neighborhood skaters have already build some of this stuff, so ask them if you can use it. Finally, if you're lucky, your local skate shop might have ramps for you to use.

4. Hype it up
There's no point in running a contest if no one's going to participate. Tell everyone you know about your upcoming contest. Make flyers. Tell everyone when and where it's going to be, and put that information on the flyer. Put them in every skateshop within 50 miles. Put them in all the hot skate spots. Hand them out. Drop them out of planes. Get the message across that you're having the greatest contest ever.

5. Hold the contest
The big day has arrived. You want to get there about four hours before it all starts, and set up all the ramps and rails, etc., in a layout that is practical. It's your contest, so you set your stuff up any way you want. Set up some barriers (you can even use chalk) to indicate the limits of the course. That way spectators won't get in the way of the skateboarders. Finally, set up a registration booth. Allow an hour before the contest starts for registration, and 45 minutes before the contest for warmup. When skaters register, write down their name in the order that they register. Then, when the contest starts, call the person who registered first to go first (a megaphone is very helpful). Get 3-5 impartial judges to rate each run from 1-10. Write down everybody's total score next to their name. (You should allow 1-3 minutes for each run).When everybody's skated, have the top 10 scores skate a second time. The top three scores win. If you want to award the winners with cash prizes, then you should make an enterence fee of $3-$10 dollars if they want to compete. Then give 1st, 2nd, and 3rd whatever amount you see fit. Keep the rest. That way you can pay for the ramps that you built.

6. Pack up and leave
Throw everything back into a truck and bring it all home. Or sell the ramps and rails for extra cash. Make sure to pick up all the trash left behind. Congratulate yourself on a great contest.