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Pro skateboarding: Hawk coming to town

Legendary skater and his team to pay SCV a visit on Saturday

Posted: July 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk will be at the Santa Clarita Skatepark on Saturday. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk will be at the Santa Clarita Skatepark on Saturday.
Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk will be at the Santa Clarita Skatepark on Saturday.

An estimated 1,000 skateboarding fans are expected to turn out to the Santa Clarita Skatepark on Saturday for the kick off of the Birdhouse Left Coast Tour, featuring legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and his Birdhouse team.

The Santa Clarita Skatepark — located at 20840 Centre Pointe Parkway — will host the team from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and fans will be able to see members of the Birdhouse skate team perform street skating demos.

The event is free and open to the public and attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

“We are thrilled. An event like this is great for our local skating community,” said city spokesman Evan Thomason.

“We have a dedicated group of skaters and they should be proud that Santa Clarita was chosen.”

The 40,000-plus square foot Santa Clarita Skatepark was built in 2009 and has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best in the area.

“By word of mouth, it’s out there that our skatepark is one of the newer and better skate parks in the state, if not the country,” Thomason said.

The Birdhouse Summer tour this year includes Hawk, Kevin Staab, Willy Santos, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Shawn Hale, Clint Walker, David Loy, Shaun Gregoire, Clive Dixon, Michael Davis and Elliot Sloan.

In addition to the demonstrations by pro skateboarders, sponsors — including Quicksilver, YoYo Factory and Tech Deck — will be participating at tour stops with promotions, giveaways, entertainment and product demos.

The Santa Clarita stop is the first of an eight-city tour stretching from Santa Clarita to Vancouver, British Columbia that will run from Saturday through July 28.

“It’s great, it’s an honor, and it brings a lot of recognition,” Thomason said. “It shows our facilities are among the best in the state and the country. Tony Hawk is a living legend and for him to bring his tour here speaks to not only the hard work of the designers and our city staff and City Council, but the local skating community was very involved in the construction of the skate park.

“And they had input in what they wanted here, and our job with the city is to listen to them,” he said. “They are the experts, and the fact that the local community was behind it and we got something done, we’re really proud of that fact.”


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