It seems Gatorade is always doing something with skateboarding. This time they are launching a new line of athlete support products. This complete line features new energy chews and recovery shakes. To promote these new products Gatorade has hooked up with skateparks across the country. The parks will host lock ins and Gatorade will provide the beverages for the evening. Gatorade also threw in some Gatorade water bottles and some awesome towels. At first I did'nt really get the towel connection but it became apparent mid lock in at the Charmcity Skatepark in Baltimore. The temperature outside that night was 95 degrees. The night sky brought no relief at all, just more humidity. Everyone was pounding their free Gatorades and immediately sweating it out. Good thing they had their handy Gatorade towels on hand.
"Charmcity has always had a great relationship with Gatorade and to host another Gatorade event was a no brainer" said Aubrey Chapman of the Charmcity Skatepark. This was Charmcity's first "Lock In" in their 17 years of business and they had no idea of what to expect. The turnout was overwhelming. More then a hundred people showed up. After handing out product for a few hours Charmcity's resident videographer Cody Seekford got all the skateboarders together for the official Gatorade Lock In Best Trick contest. With one hundred dollars cash money on the line, everyone got right to it. The contest was primarily on the Charmcity's infamous Bump 2 Bar and Handrail. 5boro flow rider Tyler Thomas was snubbed by the buzzer but his big heel bluntslide on the Bump 2 Bar was amazing. Charmcity owner Jason Chapman had left the contest completely up to Cody's discretion so Cody decided to split the money between Myles Willard's 270 flip lip and Tyrone Henderson's nollie inward heelfip front board on the Bump 2 Bar.
"I was really happy with our first lock in" said Jason Chapman owner of the Charmcity Skatepark. "The kids all got a bunch of free Gatorade and goodies and the skating was great. It couldnt have gone smoother. Thanks to everyone who turned out!"
The Charmcity Skatepark
The Charmcity Skatepark was started in September 1994 by Baltimore skateboarder Jason Chapman. The Charmcity Skatepark has strived to build the Baltimore skate scene (literally) and support skateboarding through events, demos and contests and help bring top talent and events to Baltimore. The 20,000 plus square foot facility is one of the largest on the east coast. The park is located in the Canton Trade Center industrial park in the Canton area of Baltimore (a stones throw from the historic Fells Point waterfront area) Maryland. The street address is 4401 O'donnell St. Baltimore, Maryland 21224. They can be found on the web at www.charmcity.tv
The Charmcity Skatepark Team
The Charmcity Skatepark team has consistently won the Best of Baltimore Contest Series and has won the Shop Contest at Academy Skatepark in Connecticut. They participate annually in 3rd Lair's Top Shop contest. The Charmcity Skatepark team frequently does team demonstrations for major companies (ASA,AST,Bowie Baysox,The Maryland Science Center,Dew Tour,Six Flags,Camp Sunrise-CampForTheTerminallyIll),schools and other skateparks. Their work with the less fortunate has been recognized and awarded by Mayor Martin O Malley and Mayor Sheila Dixon. The team stays busy street skating,chillin at the park and constantly filming for various video projects. Due out for spring 2013 the team is working on their latest full length film called Videooooohhhhh!