Ocean City Today

Music, food, prizes highlight 6th Ocean Bowl Skate Bash

By Intern, Morgan Pilz | Jun 22, 2017

(June 23, 2017) The sixth annual Skate Bash will take place Tuesday, June 27, at the Ocean Bowl Skate Park on Third Street and St. Louis Avenue in Ocean City.

Everyone who love to skate is invited to participate from 2-7 p.m. This event will include food, music, prizes and skating.

The Skate Bash consists of several different contests and events for all ages and skill levels.

Among the contests offered is an Open Bowl Jam for all ages, where competitors will show off a string of tricks they have worked on in one consistent line around the bowl. There will also be a best trick contest and general skating contest.

Participants will be divided into four age group divisions: 18 and older, 14-17, 10-13 and 6-9.

“We’ve been doing this for a couple years now,” Ocean Bowl Skatepark Manager Daniel Reed said. “We’ve been having contests and bashes since it started.”

The Skate Bash first began in 2011, when the Dew Tour – a premier action sports and lifestyle event which brings together the world’s best skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers and BMX riders – held its first tour stop in Ocean City. The event was initially created to honor the tour, and now takes place every year.

“I see it as an event to celebrate the skate park and allow the skaters to compete against one another,” Reed said. “Also, the kids get to show off the tricks that they’ve been working on to their parents and fellow skaters.”

Prizes will be offered throughout the event, ranging from stickers to T-shirts, wheels and skateboard decks (wheels and other accessories not included).

Water, soda, snow cones, hamburgers and/or hotdogs will be available for purchase. Music will also be playing throughout the bash.

Skaters who have annual Ocean Bowl passes will be able to participate in the event and eat for free. Skaters who are interested in joining but do not have passes can purchase one directly from the park or online.

Day passes cost $12, weekend passes $15 and weekly passes $42. Year passes for residents cost $60; $110 for non-residents.

There is no cost to watch the event.

Skaters are encouraged to bring their own gear; however, the skate park will have a limited supply of skateboards, helmets and pads available for rent.

The Ocean Bowl Skatepark has been open since 1976, making it the oldest operating municipal skate park in the United States and the world. Ever since renovations in 1998, the Ocean Bowl had been busy with many traveling demos, tours and skating contests. The bowl and vert ramp were updated in 2011. Skate camps and clinics with professional skaters are also offered.

For more information about this event, call the Ocean Bowl Skate Park at 410-289-2695 or Northside Park at 410-250-0125. Passes, hours of operation, additional events and other information can be found at https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/recreation-parks/skate-park/.

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