ORANGE — With his backspins, big jumps off of the sides of the wooden ramps and attacks of large rails Wednesday night at Vans Skatepark, Huntington Beach sophomore skateboarder Chris Chavaria took home a shiny medal.
Wearing a helmet, T-shirt and shorts, Chavaria rode his trusty skateboard to a narrow victory in the street finals of the National Scholastic Skateboarding League indoors at The Outlets at Orange.
The 16-year-old from Garden Grove rode nearly all sides of a large course that included big ramps, rails, wooden boxes and several jumps.
Only 10 points separated the top three in the final standings. Oiler teammate Aaron Kim scored 285 points, while Franky Villani of Costa Mesa High was third with 279 points. Both Kim and Villani also made it to the 10-man bowl finals, with Kim finishing ninth (231 points) and Villani 10th (228).
"It was just my positive [attitude], my happiness and my backspins," Chavaria said of how he won the finals. "It was very tough. Everyone was killing it out there. This was my second win in the street competition. It feels great."