Krux kicks in Hood River

News staff writer

June 7, 2006

IPS Skate Shop hosted the Krux Kickflip Challenge during First Friday festivities last week. Krux, a popular skateboarding brand, sponsors similar events across the county to help promote the company’s latest gear.

The competition format was simple: All 19 registered competitors lined up at IPS’s downtown storefront with their skate. One at a time, competitors performed a single kickflip (a common trick where a skater ollies the board and flips it one full rotation before landing back on the board). Anyone who misses the trick is out.

After going down the line 17 times, the final four competitors were Alex Warner, Kyle Davis, Ryan Schultz and Colton Trayham. Warner and Davis would miss their next kickflip to finish in a tie for third place. Schultz landed two more before faulting, to finish in second at 19. Trayham landed his 20th to confirm the win.

Next First Friday IPS will put on a SKATE contest, which is essentially like the classic basketball game of HORSE. The contest, which is free to join, will start at about 4 p.m. and will be head-to-head format.

For more info on the history of IPS (Inouye’s Pool Service) and the famous skateboarding pioneer Tom Inouye, visit

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