The first Beaconsfield Alpha Games were held Saturday in Beaconsfield as part of Sports Day in Canada festivities.
The event, organized by The Spot skate shop in Pointe-ClairePlaza, was the third and final event in a new Spot Summer Series featuring local skateboarders and freestyle scooter and BMX riders. The first two events were held in Dorval.
About 50 competitors entered the one day competition at the Beaconsfield skate park next to the city’s recreation centre.
Organizers managed to get in the freewheeling competition before the rain started to fall in late afternoon.
“It was a very successful event in showcasing local talent,” said Craig Robinson, who organized the Alpha Games along with Sean Brown and Alex Therrien.
“It was good to get everybody riding together for once,” Robinson added. “Instead of seeing a skateboard park here and a skateboard park there, they were all in one place where they could feed off each other.
“It became a kind of jam session where they fed off each other and tried to one-up each other.”
The Beaconsfield Alpha Games also added a new wrinkle by holding a free-style scooter category, the first in the province.
Nicholas Morris won the inaugural scooter competition, with Patrick Caron as runner-up and Alex Lusher in third.
Al Farrugia finished atop the BMX standings, while Alain Villeneuve was second. Cameron Genge placed third.
The skateboard competition saw Louis Théorêt prevail, followed by Daniel Fleming and Jordache Bouchard.
Vince Baldo won the “best trick” part of the competition with an “enormous Ollie” in which, according to organizers, he used “a jump to completely clear a seven-foot purpose-built picnic table.”
Other high-level tricks included a 180 Barspin (Al Farrugia) over the spine; Nose Manual the high box (Alain Villeneuve), 540 on the quarter pipe (Cameron Genge), Kickflip Backside Tailslide (Daniel Fleming), Big Spine Heelflip (Jordache Bouchard) and Kickflip Nose Manual (Louis Théorêt).
The competition took on a festive mood with local bands Blank Bullets and Face the Nation providing musical entertainment during intermissions.
Robinson said skateboarding and BMX are growing in popularity in the WestI sland.
“We’re definitely seeing a revival in the West Island,” he said, “especially with long-boarding.”