There was air. There were flips. And yes, there were a few slams, too.
But it was all fun Saturday afternoon at the Ultimate Game of S.K.A.T.E., a rail jam — featuring a variety of skateboarding competitions — and open skate time organized by Santa Clarita businesses Push Skate School and Fitstyle LA.
The youth-oriented event drew dozens of families for an afternoon of skateboarding, music, food and games.
“We’re trying to bring more acknowledgement for the diversity of the sport,” said Jason Lopes, the owner of Fitstyle LA, a gym on Ferry Court.
Lopes, who also skates, said the event was also meant to bring people together to inspire one another and have fun.
“It really is all driven by community,” said Shawn Rennie, owner of Push Skate School. “I think that we’re all kind of reacting off of not being outside as much and that this is a good way for us to get back outside.”
Hitomi Pino, of Santa Clarita, and her family were enjoying the outdoors Saturday. Her two young children, both geared up for skateboarding, have been taking lessons hosted by Push Skate School at the Santa Clarita Skate Park all summer.
“It’s actually very good for both of them to see bigger kids doing more tricks that they’ve never seen,” she said. “They can actually skate with them. It encourages them to learn more.”
Edwin Proano, of Santa Clarita, was with his wife, daughter and son, Jaden, 6, at the event.
“We love the skate community,” he said, noting that he skates, too. “It’s great for the kids.”
Jaden said his favorite part of skating was going down the ramp.
“I feel happy,” he said of his experience on the ramp that day.
Jaden was skating with Tatiana Petote, 6, of Castaic, who had some small cuts on her knees after a long day of skating.
Sinthia Petote, Tatiana’s mom, said her daughter picked up skating earlier this year.
“Everything is self-taught,” Petote said. “Whatever she does is from watching YouTube videos.”