Adam Jensen: El Bowlritto takes home the championship belt
Saturday was chock full of excitement on the sporting front.
The San Francisco Giants edged out the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a victory.
American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby in a race that was closely contested down the stretch.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a Game 7 Western Conference thriller.
And “The Most Predictable Disappointment of the Century” capped off the night, with Floyd Mayweather defeating Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision following a lackluster fight.
I watched, and mostly enjoyed, all of these events, but, call me biased, the most entertaining Saturday event was a local one.
I snuck out to the El Bowlritto skateboard competition at the Skatehouse Skate Park in South Lake Tahoe after the Giants game and the Kentucky Derby ended.
Although I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, I’m sure glad I did. I made it out just in time to catch the pro division. The warehouse-like space was packed with people, one-row deep around the lip of the bowl and several rows deep in wider spots. The crowd spilled out into the parking lot as well, where a bunch of street features were set up.
The feeling inside the Skatehouse was charged as an enthusiastic crowd watched skaters slide through high-speed grinds, blast massive airs and turn wooden railings into impromptu spots for gnar. A skateboarder with the unfortunate nickname of Rat Face launched out of the pool for a head-high wall ride that was scary just to watch, especially since he as only a couple feet from my head.
Speaking of scary, the jam portion of the event featured a dizzying number of skateboarders slashing through the Skatehouse bowl at once, each trying to score some last-minute nods from the judges. The smash-up factor was high, but everyone appeared to escape relatively unscathed. It was thrilling to watch.
There is something about watching an indoor bowl competition. With both spectators’ and skateboarders’ energy confined in one space, those watching can bounce their enthusiasm off the skateboarders and the skateboarders can just as easily give it back to the crowd, with the slapping of skateboard tails against the coping signaling something bonkers just went down.
While “The Fight of the Century” didn’t live up to the hype, El Bowlritto didn’t need any to be great. For photos of the event, turn to page 19.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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