Canada Skateboard National Open at CJ’s in Toronto this March 5th and 6th – who will be there?
Now I honestly can’t be bothered to figure out the points / competition system for going to the Olympics, but I’m quite sure that if you want to represent Canada at the Olympics and you are from the Greater Toronto Area you probably want to show up.
If you aren’t pursuing nationalistic glory, then maybe you still want to show up and see some Canucks throw down.
Who can enter the national competition?
As far as I can tell anyone can enter. You just gotta fill out this form and decide what category: street or park. Then just show up and skate. Just make sure you skate better than the other people or you will lose.
Who is skating in the Canada Skateboard National Open ?
Well, it looks like I can confirm two entries via instagram. I saw that Toronto skater Anthony Gebski will be skating and as a CJs regular he has an advantage. Here is his latest post, from where else but CJs.
You can also count on seeing Nathaniel Dean there who confirmed via instagram he signed up for the great Canada Skateboard National Open. Here’s his last edit from CJs.
I’m guessing you will see a lot more locals entering and I’d be very surprised if local ripper Fay Ebert, who at 10 years old will probably put everyone in their place, didn’t show up. Especially at her home park. Take a look for yourself.
I hope that we see 3 more skaters there as well. Stafhon Boca would definitely give others a run for their money as well as Gianni Giarizzo who rips up the park on the regular. Not to mention Cody Beaudry who should be able to keep up with the crowd and then some. Here are some of their clips from CJs.
Well, to be honest except for the first two, it’s all speculation at this point. But one has to wonder if one of Toronto’s best, Jayden Bono will show up? According to his instagram account it looks like he’s been tearing it up in Cali, so who knows…
And what about Wade Desarmo and the whole skate loft crew? Are they showing up… Is Bobby Dekeyzer or any other pros gonna show up? Damn there are a lot of sick skaters in Toronto!
What is the schedule gonna be?
At time of posting this is what the schedule looks like. Take a look here for the most up to date version.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 4TH | REGISTRATION AND PRACTICE
11:30 AM – 6:00 PM Skater Registration: CDN Open Skaters | Street & Park
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Women’s Practice
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Men’s Practice
3:00 PM – 10:00 PM Open Practice (Park open to the public)
THURSDAY MARCH 5TH | REGISTRATION, PARK COMPETITION & STREET PRACTICE
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Skater Registration: CDN Open Skaters | Street & Park
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Open Qualifiers Practice for Street, Registered male and female skaters.
THURSDAY MARCH 5TH | OPEN QUALIFICATION & COMPETITION | PARK | MEN’S & WOMEN’S
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Open Qualifiers Practice registered Male /Female skaters
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Women’s Open Practice
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Women’s Riders Meeting
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Women’s Open Competition
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Men’s Open Practice | Heats 1 & 2
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Men’s Open Practice | Heats 3 & 4
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Men’s Riders Meeting
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Men’s Open Qualifier
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Men’s Open Finals
FRIDAY MARCH 6TH | OPEN QUALIFICATION & COMPETITION | STREET | MEN’S & WOMEN’S
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Open Qualifiers Practice registered Male /Female skaters
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Women’s Open Practice
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Women’s Riders Meeting
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Women’s Open Competition
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Men’s Open Practice | Heats 1 & 2 Street
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Men’s Open Practice | Heats 3 & 4 Street
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Men’s Open Practice | Heats 4 & 5 Street
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Men’s Riders Meeting
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM Men’s Open Qualifier
5:00 PM – 6: 00 PM Men’s Open Finals
When you really think about it though… While all this hoopla is going down at CJs and if it’s still cold and generally s**t weather outside… then on march 5th and 6th, the smart move might be to head over to the east side and have a peaceful session at the skate loft ! You heard it here first!