Grominator contest a success

The third-annual Grominator youth skateboarding competition brought 25 kids to the Hood River Skate Park Saturday morning. The contest, held under the umbrella of Hood River County Community Education, is a youth-specific event open to boys and girls ages 15 and younger.

“It grows every year,” said organizer Michael FitzSimons. “It’s different than a lot of skate contests becuase it just focuses on the kids. It’s also put on by skate moms not skateboarders, so it’s a very kind atmosphere.”

The day featured a variety of contests but was headlined by a bowl jam that gave kids individual and group opportunities to show their skills. Results from the bowl jam ar as follows:

7 and Under:

1st: Quintin LaVille

2nd: Ethan Witt

3rd: Ozzie O’Connell

Ages 8-9:

1st: Max Jones

2nd: Milo Hayden

3rd: Paul Logan

Ages 10-11

1st: Tae Carlson

2nd: Nate Miller

3rd: Keegan Shackleton

Ages 12-13

1st: Sean FitzSimons

2nd: Samuel Wertheimer

3rd: Zion Eugland Cole

Ages 14-15

1st: Tucker FitzSimons

2nd: Aiden Olmstead

3rd: Chase Jackson


1st: Maddie Collins

2nd: Olivia Molodyh

Event sponsors

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area, Voile USA, Slingshot, Rosignol, Dakine, Second Wind, DC Shoes, Mountain View Cycles, Bones Wheels, G. Williker’s Toy Shoppe, Doug’s Sports, New York City Sub Shop and Pine Street Bakery

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