skate comp 2014 posterIt’s that time of year again! BYTE and Skate For Life Alliance are hosting the Canada Day Skate Comp this year on July 1st at noon at the Second Haven Skate Park in Riverdale.


This annual event is an opportunity for skaters to get together and showcase their skills, and to show the community the importance of skateboarding and skate culture in Whitehorse.


“We have incredible skateboarders in this community who have worked very hard for this competition,” says BYTE’s Whitehorse Outreach Coordinator Allison Furniss. “It’s a great opportunity for youth to demonstrate their skill and talent, as well as have fun and spread the positive influence skateboarding has in their lives.”


We’re asking competitors to register for the competition at the skate park at 11:30, and the event will kick off at noon. Categories for the competition are Women’s, Men’s and Juniors (12 and under), and skaters can compete in two events: best run and best trick. This year, it’s free to register and compete.


Helmets are mandatory, but we’ll have a few available to borrow if you don’t have one. As always, this is a substance-free event.


Awesome prizes from Boardstiff, Sandor’s, Triple J’s, and The Franchise are up for grabs this year. The event will also feature live performances by DJ MK Ultra and the 86 YounGunz. The Skate For Life Alliance will be selling food to help fundraise for a new skate park.


According to Skate For Life member and skateboarder John Finley, the skate park is a fantastic resource that’s widely used by Whitehorse youth, but it needs to be improved. The Canada Day Skate Comp is just one opportunity to reach out to skaters and advocate for a new skate park.


“We’re trying to give back to the skaters,” says Finley. “They all want a new park, so anything we can do to help facilitate that.”


If you have any questions, call Allison at (867) 667-7975 or email


You can read about last year’s Skate Comp here!

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