Skateboard extravaganza due to attract 5,000 participants

Transworld Skateboarding photo
Bryan Herman, one of the visiting professionals,
demonstrates his art.

Organizers predict that 5,000 youngsters on skateboards and longboards will take to the streets March 24 for another Emerica Wild In The Streets event.

The skaters will travel from Barrio Aranjuez through the city to Parque de la Paz on the city’s south side.

This year five of the 10 best skateboarders will visit Costa Rica for the event and some promotional activities before and after the Sunday skateboarding event. They are Bryan Herman, Leo Romero, Brandom Westgate, Collin Provost and Jerry Hsu.

Last year the estimate was that 4,000 youngsters participated.

Organizers said that this is just not a lark for youngsters but that the activities have raised awareness of skateboarding and that 10 new skate parks have opened to accommodate the sport. They are in Coronado, Barrial de Heredia, Heredia Centro, San Rafael, San Antonio de Belén and Sabanilla, among others.

The visiting professional skateboarders also will appear at Skatepark de Arenas in San José Saturday, March 23 and at Tico Skate in Heredia, Tsunami Skate Shop in Belén and in PLX Skate Plaza in San José, all Monday, March 25. The next day the professionals will be at Skate Street in Puntarenas.

The Emerica firm manufactures gear for skateboarders.

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