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‘Make it Count’ International Skate Contest Series competition was held in Santa Clarita for the fir

Posted: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Jacob Bolin, 13, of Valencia, does a kick-flip off a bank ledge during a competition at the "Make It Count" skate contest held at the Santa Clarita Skate Park on Saturday. (Dan Watson/The Signal)

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About 120 participants jumped at the opportunity to participate in the 2013 “Make it Count” International Skate Contest Series competition held Saturday at the Santa Clarita Skate Park.

Jumping was also prevalent when the competition began, along with flipping, sliding and quite a bit of crashing.

The Make it Count competition series, sponsored by the Element clothing and shoe company, is an annual series of events, according to competition director Todd Larson.

A total of 35 competitions are held throughout the United States, with additional events in Canada, Australia and other countries.

Saturday’s event was the first time the competition was held in Santa Clarita, Larson said.

“This is a really good park,” Larson said. “It’s big enough that people can still use it while the competition is going on. It’s just a good venue.”

Larson said about 124 people competed in Saturday’s competition. The skaters were split into two age groups: 13-years-old and younger and 14-years-old and older.

About 100 of the competitors were in the latter age group.

For scoring purposes, the competitors were split into groups of 10 to 15. All the skaters in one group would then compete in a 10-minute “jam style” session, where judges would score their tricks based on execution, technique and difficulty.

Skaters participated in three such sessions to test their skills on each of the skate park’s obstacles.

The overall winner of Saturday’s event will spend a week at Element’s YMCA camp, located in Visalia near Sequoia National Park, and compete for the overall international title.

Sylmar resident Kristen Aceves brought her 14-year-old son, Bucky, to compete in the event. Aceves said even though skateboarding can be dangerous, she likes to watch her son compete.

Aceves said her son has skateboarded since he was four years old.

“He really puts his heart into it,” Aceves said. “It makes me really proud that he’s really working hard to achieve something.”

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