First-ever contest skates in Po‘ipu

PO‘IPU — Donovan Claytor and Troy Gall, co-owners of Meyvn Skateboarding Clothing Company, are ready to break ground in a positive way.

“We decided to do something for skateboarders on the island,” Claytor said. “Skateboarding seems to have a bad vibe to some people, they look down upon it, so we want to turn that around and make it positive.”

The former youth pastors created Kaua‘i’s first-ever skate contest, which tears up Graceland Skate Park in Po‘ipu on Saturday.

Professional skateboarders Willy Santos and Cato Williams will be on hand to judge the event and take part in a demonstration for participants and fans alike.

“They’re both totally game for doing something positive for the kids,” Claytor said. “Willy has been here before and we’ve built a good relationship with him.”

Claytor said there are many different divisions, including under-9 years, 9-12 years, 13-16 years and 17-and-over contests.

“We even have a division for the best trick,” Claytor said.

In addition to accessible, the contest is affordable.

“Only $10 to enter and you get a package full of stuff, he said. “Tons of skateboarding companies will be sponsoring the event, including Meyvn, Vans, Emerica, Circa, Powell and much more.”

Claytor was once a skater himself, though he admits he doesn’t have the time to hit the ramps.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Claytor said. “The skate industry is blowing up since the X-Games started. They’re even looking into making skateboarding an Olympic sport. If you look around there are kids everywhere skating.”

For more information on Kaua‘i’s first-ever skate contest, contact Donovan at 245-2423.

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