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Skateboarders show off winning style

By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Nearly 70 skateboarders competed in the Gatorade Free Flow tour held Saturday at EPIC Indoor Skate Park. Rocklin’s venue was one of 15 skateboard parks throughout the nation selected to host the competition. Open to skaters, age 21 and under, first place winner Zachary “Ducky” Kovacs of Modesto earned a trip to the Toyota Challenge in September in Salt Lake City. Top winners at the September competition will be invited to compete with top pro skaters in the Dew Tour championships in Las Vegas in October. Second place honors on Saturday went to Dylan Hilton of Oroville, who often skates at the Rocklin park with a team from Auburn, said Jan Killingsworth, co-owner of EPIC Indoor Skate Park. “We’re really proud of Dylan,” she said. “He skates here all the time.” Third place winner was Tyler Lynch from Vermont. According to Killingsworth, skateboarders as young as 8 came from throughout Northern California as well as from Vermont and Alabama in hopes of winning a coveted spot on the Dew Tour. This is the second year the Rocklin park has been selected for the tour, she said. In addition to hosting the tournament, Gatorade Free Flow is hosting a competition for the participating skate parks. The park receiving the most votes will receive $10,000 for park improvements, Killingsworth said. Second and third place vote-getters will get $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. Vote for EPIC at Facebook.com/theGatoradeFreeFlowTour.