Skate or die

SLIDESHOW: Red Bull's skateboarding competition at City Hall Plaza
By MELISSA POCEK AND JESSICA SHARP  |  July 16, 2007

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Skateboarding on public property still falls under the Banned in Boston category. But on Friday afternoon, City Hall Plaza was opened up for skaters to ride risk free as part of  Red Bull’s Manny Media skateboarding competition. Over four hours, 32 skaters from all over New England competed on, along, above, against, and over three ramps: a C-pad curve, a pyramid, and a flat box. They competed in one of seven heats and the top five skateboarders battled in a final jam, riding for 20 minutes for the judges to determine who deserved the title of the best unsponsored New England skater. Marshall Heath, a 19 year-old from Huntington, Vermont, took top prize, which included, among other things, a $1000 dollar Oakley watch. Perhaps the afternoon serves as some small preview of what’s to come when the city’s first official skate park opens on the banks of the Charles next year.

Click here to watch a slideshow of the event. Photographs by Jessica Sharp.

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