The River Market is illegal to skate on any other day in Kansas City, but on Sunday Kansas City’s best amateur skaters were welcomed. Sixty local skateboarders competed on a farmer’s market-inspired course in the Red Bull Manny Mania National Qualifier as more than 800 fans looked on.
The day began with 60 skaters, each vying for a shot at prize packs from Skullcandy, Supra and local shops Escapists and Ride Four Ever, as well as chance for national recognition in the skateboard community. In the end, only one remained: Kansas City native Weston Sparks.
Sparks wowed the other competitors, curious downtown shoppers and wide-eyed children with a nose manny to fakie, manny fakie flip out combo. This stunt not only won him “Best Trick” but also put him on top of the podium.
After hearing that his efforts had paid off, Sparks was elated. “I’m stoked to win. It was great to have (Ryan) Sheckler and (Sean) Malto here to see this.”
Rounding out the podium were John Garfield in second and Garrett Rathbone in third.
“Kansas City’s best skaters were here today, that’s evidenced by Malto and Sheckler’s presence,” commented Manny Mania judge Nate Geritono. “All three [top finishers] were fun to watch and we couldn’t have had a better setting.”
Sparks will advance to Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania on July 21st to compete in the U.S. National Final. Only one skater will move on to represent the U.S. in the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final on August 18th in New York City.
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