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Whistler's Mayhem in the Mountains returns for second year

The second annual Whistler skate competition plans a few changes from last year's inaugural event

This Saturday, June 25, the Whistler Skateboard Club (WSC) will host its second annual Mayhem in the Mountains competition at the Whistler Skate Park.

However, things will look a little different for the competition's second iteration.

While last year's event was a Pro/Am featuring some high-end talent like Team Canada's Adam Hopkins and Maddy Balt, this year will be keeping things a little more low key, only open to youth skaters 18 years old and younger.

"We wanted to try and get more of the community out and I also think it's a more friendly environment for the younger generation and kind of the newcomers into the sport of skateboarding to give them a safe environment to go and compete and have fun with their friends," said WSC creative director Sam Weston.

"We wanted it to be more of a summer kick-off for all the female and male skateboarders across the Sea to Sky, so we encourage anyone form the age of five to 18 to come skateboard for the day."

Just like last year's contest, this one will be a jam-style event with skaters given a certain amount of time for each run to pull off as many tricks as they can, with a $5 bonus being handed out for each trick that impresses a judge.

Contestants in the 13 and under category will be competing for product prizing including decks, clothing, sunglasses, bags and stickers from the event's sponsors like the Real Wild Kittens, Whistler Old School, The Circle, Evo Whistler, Volcom, Vans and Nixon among others.

Those in the open category will be competing for cash, with $2,000 being donated by Gibbons Whistler for the top three male and female skaters.

Registration opens at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Whistler Skate Park, with the contest running from noon until 3 p.m. Registration is $20.

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