Skaters get air in Cosmo Park

Friday, June 27, 2014 | 6:43 p.m. CDT; updated 5:57 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — A group of skateboarders sat sweating on a ledge at the edge of the skate park, whooping and cheering when someone pulled off a cool trick.

"Once you start flipping it's like a whole new world" David King Josiah, a member of the group, said with a grin."I call all tricks 'flippity-do's," he said. "Like, 'hey watch me do a flippity-do!'"

Josiah, 16, spends most of his free time during the summer with his friends at Columbia Skate Park at Cosmopolitan Park. The park was built for skateboarders and inline skaters, according to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department website.

"I'm here for hours on end," Josiah said.  The skate park's regulars bring  backpacks full of sweat towels and milk jugs full of water to tide them over for the day.

Josiah started skating a few years ago because of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game, "Skate." For him, the best part about skating is when he finally "gets" a trick, accomplishing a goal that he's had his mind set on.

"Doing a trick is like getting an A on an essay at school. It feels really good," he said.

Even when he falls, he said, "it hurts so good."

The skate park will host the Shred Fest Skateboarding event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day, which was June 21, but was rescheduled until Saturday.

There will be a best trick contest, helmet giveaways and food, with no cost for entry, according to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department's special events calendar page.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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