Local skaters to nationals (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

By Ben Portnoy

Observer correspondent

Williston skateboarder Connor Ose is headed to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals for the second time in two years.


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Connor Ose shows off a trick on his skateboard. The Williston teen won first place in a skate park competition earlier this month, earning a trip to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Salt Lake City on Sept. 17-20.

Ose won first place in the skate park competition on July 12 at the Free Flow Tour’s stop at Rye Airfield in Rye, N.H. According to a press release from the tour, 16-year-old Ose won during the final jam session after successfully executing a backside 360, or a 360 degree spin through the air, and a big spin frontboard, which is a kickflip into a rail grind.

The win earned Ose a trip to the tour finals, scheduled for Sept. 17-20 in Salt Lake City. Ose will join friend and fellow Williston skater Chris Colbourn, who qualified for the finals by winning the skate park competition at the tour’s first stop in Burlington in May.

“Salt Lake City is going to be fun,” Ose said in the press release. “I’m psyched I get to go with some of my best friends. I can’t wait.”

The Gatorade Free Flow Tour is the Official Amateur Series of the Dew Tour. Operated by Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, the Dew Tour was established in 2005 as a season-long action sports tour. For the past five years, the Free Flow Tour has searched the country for the best young talent by giving amateur skaters and BMX riders under 18 a chance to compete in park and vertical ramp competitions across the United States.

Winners of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals advance to the Dew Tour Finals, where they compete against pros.