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First Skate Contest at Guiones Beach
Skate at Your Own Risk

by Pinar Istek

On April 20, 2011, the skaters warmed up before the first skating contest of Guiones Beach started at 8 p.m. 

During month of April, Nosara and surrounding areas have been the host to several novelties. While Surfing Nosara Foundation Second Annual Auction for the Arts and Ostional Surf Tournament were some of them, a third one was the first skate contest of Guiones Beach, which Tree House Garden organized on April 20, 2011 in collaboration with Jose Frias, who is also a skater.

Since the ramp is very small and can accommodate only one skater at a time, while one skates, rest of the skaters wait for their turn.

Kids, Adults and Tricks were the three categories in which the skaters competed. Jose Frias became the winner of adult category. Nico was the Kids category winner. Best Tricks 1st place went to Gaspart MC Creditsh, with his trick called Nollie Bigspin (360). Among almost 20 contestants, there was only one female contestant, who is 10-year-old Julissa Lopez Noguera. She won the 3rd place in Kids category.

The event was organized with a significant support from the local surf schools and shops. Spacialle Novak from the Tree House Garden commented that “I really appreciate the support of the community and surf schools, who sponsored prizes, who also showed up with or without the kids to support us.” She continued “it was really great to see everybody doing something together. It felt like there were no boundaries. It was fun.”

The contest coincided with the first anniversary of BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As recognition of the anniversary, the Tree House Garden adopted a sea turtle and a dolphin via World Wildlife Fund using part of the contest proceeds.

The skate ramp is a charge-free venue for the locals to practice skating. However, maintenance seems to be an issue. The Garden started a fund to raise donations for this purpose. It is promised by them that as long as they can keep the ramp in good conditions via donations, they will keep the venue free of charge for skaters.

As more than 100 guests filled the night and enjoyed the skating along with a barbeque and soft and alcoholic beverage, this specific event opened a new arena for the local youth explore a new experience.


"Skate at Your Own Risk", a warning sign that is placed next to the ramp.


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