ORANGE — It was already noisy inside the Vans Skatepark on Wednesday night, but heads really turned when multiple skateboards smacking against the ground were heard.
This was maybe a bit violent, but nothing negative.
"It's like kudos," Newport Harbor High junior-to-be Gage Boan explained.
It meant that skaters in the OC Skateboarding League semifinals and finals were cheering on another competitor during his run. Or her run, if it was Costa Mesa Middle School's Paige La Bare or Ensign Intermediate's Sarah Thompson performing the sick trick to try to impress the three judges.
Camaraderie was the name of the game. A couple hundred parents and fans lined the balcony atop the competition area, enjoying the action as the league finished its first full year.
Costa Mesa High, bolstered by a one-two finish by recent graduate Dominick Walker and senior-to-be Tyrine Mitchell, won the high school team title.
Solana Beach-based Earl Warren won the middle school team title.