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Local skateboarders hoping to interest younger people in activity


TRENTON – There wasn’t much skateboarding camaraderie in the 1990s in Pictou County.

Christian Heighton, Aaron Maclean, and Brandon Richardson are organizing a skate demo in Trenton later this month. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

That’s the opinion of a few Pictou County men who are trying to encourage young skateboarders as they learn the sport.

Twenty-somethings Brandon Richardson, Christian Heighton, and Aaron Maclean are a few of the faces behind Pristine Skateboarding, a small Pictou County company selling branded skateboards decks and clothing as well as organizing local teams. “A community thing more than a business” is how they describe it.

“When I was little, the older guys would pick on you when you … fell,” Heighton said during an interview ahead of a skate demo they’re organizing.

That discouraged them from trying to learn, and they want it to change.

There’s usually only one event locally each year, they said, and their demo offers a chance for skateboarders to come together.

The response has been better than they expected, Richardson, who also teaches kids in Westville twice a week how to skateboard, said, with good support from Trenton Recreation and plenty of excited young skaters. At the demo on May 28, they’ll be offering prizes, partly as a motivational tool.

“I never would’ve gone into a competition because I knew I wouldn’t win,” Richardson said about when he was learning.

Pristine Skateboarding already has an “A Team” of skaters, but are looking to create a “B Team” as a way to encourage and motivate people new to the sport to try to improve.

 

 

Just the basics

When: Thursday, May 28

Where: Trenton Skate Park 

What time: Set-up at 5:30 p.m., demo/contests start at 6 p.m.

What: Demonstration, contests, BBQ, prizes and live music

Who: Bands playing include:

-       Machete

-       The Prelims

-       The Marty Mcflys    

 

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