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Skaters will show off their best skills at Tahlequah Jam | Culture & Leisure

By on June 21, 2022 0

Competitors will hit town this Sunday, June 26 for the 2022 Tahlequah Skate Jam.

Presented by Avenue Skateshop, Fog Skate Co and Plug Skateboards, the event regularly attracts skateboarders from across the country. This year’s contest is expected to have a strong turnout, Avenue Skateshop employee Jeremiah Hames said on Tuesday.

“I expect there to be over 300 people,” Hames said.

Besides participating in the skateboarding event, Hames is also sponsored by Avenue Skateshop. At 19, he has already taken part in several skateboarding competitions, including two Red Bull Cornerstone competitions.

“It’s great for the community, but I’m not going to stress,” Hames said. “It’s for fun.”

In an Instagram post updating the contest flyer, Fog Skate Co said the event is expected to have a Women’s Jam, Beginner’s Jam, Intermediate Jam and Advanced Runs. Hames explained the differences.

“In beginner and intermediate jams, a group of skaters skate for a while and then they’re judged,” Hames said. “Advanced will have solo races.”

Competitors in each category will be judged individually on their tricks, consistency, creativity and style.

Tahlequah Skate Jam will also feature a special trick contest, as Hames explained.

“We celebrate two skaters from Tulsa who recently passed away,” Hames said. “Best Trick will honor them.”

Sponsored by their parents and families, the Caleb and Chris Best Trick contest will honor both skaters who passed away.

After five years of skating, Hames described the sport’s tight-knit community as a family. Locals interested in skating often hang out at Avenue Skateshop, Hames noted. A regular at the store, Brandon Still, 16, does not skate. but rides a BMX bike or a motocross bike. He shared his excitement about watching Skate Jam.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a 10,” Still said. “It’s my first [Skate Jam]. I had heard of it, but back when skating wasn’t my thing,” he said.

The Skate Jam will begin at 2 p.m. at Tahlequah Skate Park. The competition is free and open to the public to watch and participate.

“Anyone can participate at any skill level,” Hames said.

Boards, wheels and shoes are just some of the prizes up for grabs at the jam, Hames said.