Basically, everyone who signed up was placed into a 6 man heat, where everyone in that heat skated at the same time. At the end of the 5 minute jam, the top two skaters moved onto the finals. There were 6 heats of 6 people, and 6 people went at it at the end to compete for the contest. So how is that for symbolism? Funny, the numbers just ended up working out that way.
The turnout for the contest was surprisingly good. People from the beach, from Orange Park, basically every part of the Jacksonville area was represented. The skating was great, and there were more than a few "WTF" moments where someone pulled a trick out of nowhere. The judging was tough, and there were some serious debates over the finals, but in the end, Pat Schaefer from Orange Park took first, followed by Max Martin and Seth Duplois, respectively. Unfortunately, Pat fell at the end of the finals, and it was pretty serious. I'm not sure whether it was a shoulder injury or an elbow injury, but I hope pat has a speedy recovery. Congrats on the win.
(Featured picture - Gary Baucom, aka Brokeback)
Kris Jones, and Chris Jones Behind his hand
You can check out the full photoset here.
Thanks to all those who came out, and to the sponsors, including East Center Clothing, Crown, Square One, Vans, and more that I can't remember off the top of my head. It was a good time, and I had a lot of fun.