Todd C. Holmes facility coordinator at the North Laurel Community Center and Park noticed all the filming that was going on at the North Laurel Skatepark. He thought it would be a great idea to somehow showcase that footage and the park. After some thought the ShredIt Action Sports Video Contest was born. The goals of the ShredIt Action Sports Video Contest were to increase awareness of the North Laurel Skate Park, Centennial Skate Spot, and the Rockburn Skills Park and engage patrons and participants that frequent those amenities. He wanted to increase social media marketing reach through a competition voting system and foster relationships with local businesses that serve the Skateboarding, BMX biking, and rollerblading community of Howard County. "We also wanted to begin to tap into the amateur film maker population and gauge community interest for further programming efforts," said Todd.
To be eligible for consideration, contestants had to be at least 13 years of age and have their own original skateboarding, biking and/or rollerblading video edits shot at the Department’s North Laurel Skate Park, Centennial Skate Spot or Rockburn Skills Course. The Department teamed up with Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria, The Good Roll Shop & Gallery and Race Pace Bicycles, who provided prizes for all the winners. All entrants received a ShredIt t-shirt compliments of all the sponsors.
The winners were announced at National Night Out at the North Laurel Community Center on Tuesday, August 5. Charmcity Skatepark owner Jason Chapman of Baltimore was the Grand Prize recipient of a full custom skateboard from The Good Roll Shop and Gallery, a Johnny Rad’s skateboard deck, a year long Fit4U membership to the county’s three community centers – Gary J. Arthur, Roger Carter and North Laurel; and a Bohnam camera bag and gear. Philthy East rider Idris Battou was the Runner-Up Prize winner. He scored a Johnny Rad’s skateboard deck and a Bohnam t-shirt. Howard County’s own Nick Griesser of Glenelg won the “Best in Bike Edit” award, along with a $150 gift certificate towards POC merchandise from Race Pace Bicycles.
"They were all great videos. I was very honored to have won. Thanks to everyone who voted!" - Jason Chapman The Charmcity Skatepark
"It was great to see so many people enthusiastic about our skate parks and skills course and we received many great submissions.” - Todd Holmes
For more info or to check out all the video submissions check the Recreation & Parks website by clicking here!