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Area teens “grind” hard at Friday’s skateboard and scooter competition

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Peyton Zikomski, of Johnstown, just learned to do the "double whip" last week, and Friday the 12-year-old came in second place during his first scooter competition.

The double whip, a move where the scooter rider flips the tail around twice while riding, was not easy to learn, but Peyton said he loves learning from his mistakes when "scootering."

He has been riding for about six months and said the Windsor Skate Park in Eastman Park, where the event took place, is one of the best around for getting air and practicing tricks.

"I'm looking forward to learning new tricks," he said.

Peyton was aiming for the top 10 at the beginning of the competition, and when he was announced as the second-place winner at the end, his eyes widened.

"I'm so stoked," he told his mom, Erika Zikomski. She said she was a fan of the competition and wished it could take place more often.

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"It was awesome," she said.

The Clearview Library District, in partnership with the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, hosted the Windsor Grind skateboard and scooter competition for the second year Friday afternoon.

Brittany Dolezal, Clearview Library's teen librarian, said the addition of the scooter competition this year drew even more teenagers than last year.

"My goal is always to reach teens we don't normally reach," she said.

About 17 scooter riders ages 9-12 and about seven skateboarders ages 12-18 competed, and about 50 parents and siblings visited the park to watch.

Three judges watched the first 45-second round of scooter riding carefully. Tucker Valentine and Steven Davis, skateboarders who work for the Clearview Library District, and Levi Esparza, with Mountain Rentals, a sponsor of the competition, judged teens' skills as they spun and flipped.

One rider's flipping skills wowed the crowd and the judges. Mitchell Thiebaut, 12, of Fort Collins, has been riding his scooter for about seven months. In what he said was his first competition Friday, he made the audience gasp as he did a back flip on his scooter.

Mitchell was awarded first place.

Because more teens turned up for the scooter competition, Dolezal said it will likely be split into two days next year.

"We definitely want to do again," she said.

Peyton said he was surprised a library would put on a skateboard and scooter competition because usually he sees book fairs and other events he does not enjoy as much there.

"It's really cool," he said.

Another scooter competitor, 13-year-old Terrick Wilkins, said he likes the push toward learning more about scooter riding competition gives him.

"It really inspired me, competing with tricks and stuff," he said. "It's like when someone does a trick and you have to better that trick it pushes you to do better."

The other purpose of the competition, of course, is to have fun.

"That's what it's all about," Terrick said.

2017 Windsor Grind

The Winners of the 2017 Windsor Grind skateboard and scooter competition are as follows:

» First place skateboard: Brayden Chavez

» Second place skateboard: James Teeslink

» Third place skateboard: Riley Parker

» First place scooter: Mitchell Thiebaut

» Second place scooter: Peyton Zikomski

» Third place scooter: Terrick Wilkins and Ethan C.

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