By Charles Lefebvre on June 28, 2013.
Levi Switzer attempts a grind during the open competition of Beat the Heat 2012. The annual skateboard competition will be taking place on Canada Day in Kin Coulee Park, and organizers are expecting approximately 120 skaters from across the prairies to participate.–NEWS FILE PHOTO
Some of the best skateboarders in the Prairie provinces will be descending on Medicine Hat on Canada Day for the annual Beat the Heat competition at Kin Coulee Park.
“The event is still a go,” said Jeff Schmidt, one of the co-ordinators of the event. “We’ve had a lot of calls from across the prairies, including Manitoba, hearing about the flood, and asking if the event was still going on.”
Schmidt says members of the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association were busy during the flood, helping sandbag homes and businesses around the community, but are currently focused on hosting the competition.
Schmidt added the skatepark did not receive any damage from rising creek waters as a result of the flood and the event will largely be taking place in the expanded skatepark, which has been built for most for the year by New Line Skateparks and opened Thursday night.
“We’re expecting about 120 people in the beginner, intermediate and open categories at the competition,” said Schmidt. “It’s going to be a good turnout.”
“There will skaters across the prairies, from Vancouver to Winnipeg, at the competition. It’s a huge showcase that many of the skaters have been coming to year after year.”
The competition is split into three sections. The beginner event, for ages 5-11, starts at 10:30 a.m., while intermediate (12-15) begins at 1 p.m. and the open competition (16 and older) starts at 3 p.m.