COLUMBIA – Jarrett Wieberg, 10, wasn't fazed by the competition at the ninth annual Shred Fest held at Cosmopolitan Park on Saturday. Jarrett has been skateboarding for five years and has participated in about six competitions.
"I'm used to it," Jarrett said.
Jarrett's father, Mike Wieberg, likes Shred Fest because it gives the younger children something fun to do and a chance to watch the older children do their tricks.
"It gives kids the opportunity to participate in a different kind of sport other than baseball or football," Mike Wieberg said.
Jarrett said his favorite part of skateboarding is getting to hang out with his friends.
A co-owner of Parkside Skate Shop, Shane Stander, organizes the annual event. Stander is a skateboard enthusiast who hosts several skateboarding competitions in mid-Missouri and has been skateboarding for more than 25 years.
Stander said Columbia Parks and Recreation approached him nearly 10 years ago about putting together a skateboarding event for the city.
The competition part of the event consisted of three best-trick competitions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skateboarders. There was also a beginner and advanced Tic-Tac Race, where skateboarders shuffle their boards back and forth as fast as possible. The Youth Community Coalition provided funding for contest prizes.
Xavier Boone, 23, participated in the intermediate best-trick competition with a board slide. Boone has been skateboarding for 15 years and practices at the skate park almost every day for two hours.
"The best part about today is that everybody's out here skating, no nonsense," Boone said. "None of the kids are getting into trouble because they're here instead."
More than 200 people attended Saturday's Shred Fest, Erin Carrillo, a city recreation specialist, said.
The Blue Springs Tiger Pilot Club, an organization that helps people with brain injuries and disabilities, handed out more than 65 free helmets, member Leanna Clayton said.
"Helmets protect the brain and keep it from getting injured," Clayton said. "There are a lot of stories of brain injuries from skateboarding."
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