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SkateFest Raises $11,500 for Children’s Hospital

Skateboarders from all over compete in Sk8 for a Cause.

Dominic Doyle (left) and Luke Kennedy present a $1,000 check to Children’s Hospital from DK Skate.

Dominic Doyle (left) and Luke Kennedy present a $1,000 check to Children’s Hospital from DK Skate. Photo by Steve Hibbard.

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Imoh Ekasi-Otu, 18, of Fairfax shows his moves in the 18-under Half Pipe event, where he placed Third. He also placed Third in the Street Course.

— Some 250 skateboarders from as far away as Missouri and Pennsylvania traveled to Wakefield Skate Park in Annandale Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, to compete in the seventh Annual SkateFest—Sk8 for a Cause, which raised $11,500 for Children’s National Medical Center in the district.

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The competitors at the seventh Annual SkateFest—Sk8 for a Cause skateboarding event held Friday and Saturday at Wakefield Skate Park.

Most of the skateboarders were from Fairfax County and competed in five events, including the Street Course, Best Trick Contest, Half Pipe Jam, Fairfax Surf Shop Team Tryout, and Game of S.K.A.T.E events in the 19-over, 18-under, 14-under, and 11-under age groups.

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Richard Pastore, 18, of Fairfax competes in the 18-under Street Course.

The preliminary tryouts started on Friday with the two main festival events—the Game of S.K.A.T.E. and Sk8 for a Cause on Saturday. In the Sk8 for a Cause, participants skated through a check-pointed route through Wakefield Park and received free prizes as they rode along the route. Participants received $20,000 in donated prizes, skateboard parts, T-shirts, hats and stickers. The event was presented by Fairfax Surf Shop and Wakefield Skate Park.

And the winners are ….

11 & Under:

Half Pipe Jam

First: Josh Herrmann

Second: Jared Easter

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Kara Martinez writes names of the SkateFest qualifiers on the board.

Third: Jonathan Chen

Best Trick

First: Josh Herrmann

Second: Jared Easter

Third: Angus Rieks

Street Course

First: Angus Rieks

Second: Jared Easter

Third: Josh Herrmann

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Richard Pastore of Fairfax

14 & Under:

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Imoh Ekasi-Otu of Fairfax

Half Pipe Jam

First: Kwesi Un Holloway

Second: Subway Alvarez

Third: Jakie Kalina

Best Trick

First: Jason Nam

Second: Subway Alvarez

Third: Kwesi Un Holloway

Street Course

First: Kwesi Un Holloway

Second: Jason Nam

Third: Alex Steward

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Josue Lozano of Springfield

18 & Under:

Half Pipe Jam

First: Maurio McCoy

Second: Hugo Flores

Third: Imoh Ekasi-Ota

Best Trick

First: Maurio McCoy

Second: Bradley Cuelbaro

Third: Patrick Parman

Street Course

First: Maurio McCoy

Second: Kevin Ha

Third: Imoh Ekasi-Ota

19 & Over

Half Pipe Jam

First: Dan Corrigan

Second: Ian Mondragon

Third: Elliot Mondragon

Best Trick

First: Dan Corrigan

Second: Rom Ghobacci

Third: Rick Berry

Street Course

First: Dan Corrigan

Second: Elliot Katz

Third: Zeek Rodriguez