IF YOU GO

What: Aztec Kiva Bowl Skateboard Competition

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 22

Where: Hartman Skateboard Park, 500 Llano St., Aztec

Cost: $5 contestant fee

More info: facebook.com/native.boardz

 

AZTEC — Drop in and pop an ollie for prizes and grinding glory at the skate park at Hartman Park today.

Starting at 10 a.m., skaters from across San Juan County will have the chance to dig deep from their skater trick bag for the first-ever Aztec Kiva Bowl skateboard competition.

The full day of competition will afford a chance for skaters in three different age groups to shred Aztec's beloved bowl. Judges from Albuquerque and Farmington's SNS Skate Shop will rate the best beginner and intermediate skaters in several groups.

Prizes include decks, bags, stickers and other items. Free hot dogs and water will be available.

Harold Badoni, who grew up in Farmington, is hosting the event. His skateboard company, Native Boards, is hosting the event.

"When I was growing up in San Juan County, I got in trouble a lot," Badoni said. "There wasn't a cool skate park like Aztec's, so I thought getting a competition together for my hometown area would be killer."

Badoni runs his all-Navajo board design company in the Denver area but wants to test the competitive skating waters in Aztec. If turnout is good, he plans on making the bowl competition an annual event.

"This will be the real deal," he said. "Pro skaters are judging, and after the beginning and intermediate skaters have been scored, we'll have an open bowl session for advanced skaters to shred up the bowl and entertain everybody."

The popularity of Aztec as a skating oasis along the Animas River in Hartman Park is a draw for kids and adults in the community, said Chris Duthie, tourism supervisor for the city.

"What I'm trying to do is to get kids together for a day of competition, fun in the sun and have a blast," Badoni said. "I hope people show up. I want them to have fun. It'll be a blast."

James Fenton covers Aztec and Bloomfield for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621 and jfenton@daily-times.com. Follow him @fentondt on Twitter.