We have been back from our trip to the skate contest in Minnesota for two weeks now.
We survived the cold. We did. But not before ten inches of snow dropped itself upon us in the last day we were there and they had to close the airport and cancel all the flights.
It was unexpected I guess you could say. Or maybe not.
It was a long trip to say the least. But not just because of the white stuff.
We went with much excitement in terms of the competition. With a lot of hope. With great expectations I would have to say. We went prepared to do well and win. Of course. It's what Mo always expects to do. Win. But this trip was more of a learning experience. Or as I like to call it a great big eye opener.
Wake up! Yep thats what I think I heard myself say when we got there and saw the competition!!
Lots of groms. Lots of talent. Lots of survival of the fittest mentality.
These kids are all trying to drop into this nine foot bowl before the others. There is no courtesy rule when it comes to the King of the Groms Championship. We quickly found out.
But all was good. Mo got "in" the bowl and had a few good runs.
He got a good bit above the coping and did his personal best even if his confidence was a bit challenged.
In the beginners category he was amongst forty two other groms all vying for the top spots and in this finals contest there were no kids being bumped to higher catagories if the skill level was above beginner.
What I'm saying is if a kid chose to compete in the beginners catagory for the finals he or she stayed in there . Unlike in qualifiers earlier in the year the kids that had skills to enter the intermediate or expert level were usually bumped up.
Not so here. We then had to put our game face on and face the music.
And in the end he landed
18th place in Mini-ramp (only missed top ten by one and half points)
19th in Street course
20th in Bowl.
He made top twenty for all three catagories.
I was pleased.
With it being his first time at nationals I have to say I way to go Mo!
The friends we made were probably the best part of all.
He met lot of new buddies which we hope to meet up with for years to come.
Like totally dude.
Despite the cold temps and near foot of snow we got the last day it was a really awesome weekend.
But with it being in Minneapolis and all what kind of people would we be if we didnt brave the wicked weather and head out the the Mall of America.
Cause it was like the right thing to do. And I'm all about doing the right thing. Sorta.
We rode rides. And more rides and even more rides. But mostly stood in line for rides.
It was screaming good time. The place is crazy awesome! True story.
We wont forget the fun and will be better prepared for the competition next time.
Overall a great experience. With great expectations.
We are grateful. In a lot of ways.
More from the skateboard front later.
Over and Out.
The thinking Minnesota may not be such a bad place after all Sideline Mom