Skateboard competition watered down by rain

David Seegar, 16, was one of only a few skateboarders who braved the commute and threatening weather to participate in the third annual U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart German-American Skateboard Competition held Aug. 13.

This year’s Child, Youth and School Services-sponsored contest was held in Pattonville, not far from the Stuttgart Golf Course in Kornwestheim.
But it was a washout. Just 10 minutes into the first event — a game of S.K.A.T.E. — steady rain turned the competition into a soggy affair.

However, none of the competitors went home empty handed. The traditional method of determining victors in competition when all else fails — rock, paper, scissors — was called into play in order to equitably dole out prizes.

“The weather conditions here can be very unpredictable,” said Chris Jackson, the CYS Services Sports and Fitness assistant director. “Everyone was really geared up for this competition and disappointed that we had to cancel. We look forward to offering this event again next summer and hope that the weather will be more cooperative.”