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They surfed the concrete at Mill Creek’s Board Bash

Six year old Caden Smith, who has been skateboarding since the age of two, won his division of the competition.
Six year old Caden Smith, who has been skateboarding since the age of two, won his division of the competition. Photo courtesy of Chuck Wright.

By Chuck Wright.

Skateboarders, like a lot of athletes, do not know when in fact their sport was born; however the skateboarder historians believe this Californian pastime came about in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

It’s generally believed “sidewalk surfing” came into being due to the seasonable California waves becoming “flat.

Some avid surfers wanted to develop their skills, so they turned to using wooden boxes or boards with roller-skate wheels attached to the bottoms to help them with their balancing techniques.

In 2002 a study found there were over 18 million skateboarders in the world!

Then, partially due to the growing population of  “concrete surfers” The City of Mill Creek built and now maintains an estimated 10,000 square foot (equal to 2 ½ McDonald stores) illuminated concrete skateboard park, which is located on the South East section of the Mill Creek Sports park and just off the Bothell-Everett Hwy.

On August 23, 2014, the City of Mill Creek sponsored their 7th free annual Board Bash Skateboarding Competition. And, even in the 76 degree heat 29 competitors, one from as far away as Yakima and another from Chehalis, signed up to show off their “surfing stuff.”

Contestant groups included:

  • 6 to 10 years of age (6 members)
  • 11 to 15 years of age (8 members)
  • 16 years of age and up, with the top age for this class a 22 year old male (15 members).

The modest but enthusiastic and appreciative fan base enjoyed watching their loved ones or friends show off what appeared to be the athletes’ talents of roller-skating, surfing, and skiing on skateboards.

As those who follow this action orientated sport say: “skateboarding is not a major sport, but it is an action packed sport with its thrills and its spills.

First place winners were:

  • 6 to 10 years of age - Caden Smith (Little Sauce) from unincorporated Snohomish County.
  • 11 to 15 years of age - Joel Cebehas (Baby Selfie) from De Moines, Washington.
  • 16 years of age and up - Derek Cloer from Everett, Washington.

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