The Loaded Sports 'Hammer-Fest' kicks off this Sunday

Hammer time this Sunday

The mainstay event, Hammer-Fest, hits the Prince Rupert skatepark this Sunday, Aug. 21

The calendar has once again turned to late August, where the mainstay event, Hammer-Fest, hits the Prince Rupert skatepark this Sunday, Aug. 21.

The free youth skateboard event returns for 2016, hosted by Loaded Sports, and features a Best Trick contest on various features of the park off of McBride Street.

“Contestants will be judged on each features and the judges will add the points up. The skater with the most points between all features will be crowned the King of Hammer-Fest,” said Steve Newman of Loaded.

“A ‘hammer’ is what skaters consider a big trick, especially the large drops and gaps.”

The event is suitable for all ages with categories split into age and gender divisions. Helmets are mandatory for contestants, and participants must also sign a safety waiver. Those taking part under 19 will need a parental signature on the waiver.

Pre-registration can be done at Loaded Sports at 518 3rd Avenue W. Leading up to the event or at 12 noon on the day of the event at the skate park. The event starts at 1 p.m.

Prizes are available from notable sponsors like DC ShoeCo, FOX, Volcom, Tensor, Vans and Happy Lens and even spectators will be able to win something.

“There should be a food vendor on site as well. Come cheer on the riders and get them stoked to land their big tricks,” said Newman.

For more details, email event organizers at loadedsports@gmail.com