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June 9, 2014

Skate competition a success

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Procko Skate Park in Branford’s Hatch Park hosted its first skateboard competition on Saturday, May 31, followed by a four band music jam. All proceeds from the event will go towards Phase 2 construction of the second half of the skate park.

The competition consisted of two events:

1) "Timed Speed Course", where individual skaters ride a pre-marked course through the park against the clock.  

2) "Flow Park", where individual skaters have the entire park to themselves for two 45 second runs.

Medals and trophies were awarded following the competition along with $5 Sonny's BBQ plates. Skateboard equipment was also awarded through raffle and prizes. There was about 100 people in attendance for the competition and jam which raised just under $1,000.

The main organizer and tireless advocate toward the construction of the skatepark and the event was Branford Health and Fitness owner and avid skateboarder, Bill Procko. He wanted to give thanks to the town of Branford, Sonny's BBQ, the bands, Gorilla Candy, Koup De Tat, Efen, and All In, for their generous donations towards the success of the skateboard competition. He also thanks specifically the park's maintenance man, Craig Timberlake for donating the stage and hours of his time, Dean of Branford High School Carl Manna for sound and lighting, and Branford Town Council member Ken Saunders and his wife Diane Walker-Saunders for helping keep the skaters and crowd hydrated.

Procko, one of the judges of the contest, also wanted to give special thanks to “man on the mic” MC Pete Peterson and fellow judges, Cleo Coney and Todd Johnson. 

“We had a great turn out for this event, both contestants and spectators alike,” said Procko.

He said in similar X Games fashion, the athletes performed under the eyes of judges, spectators and constraints of a clock. He said the sport really promotes confidence, individuality and creativity.  

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