WHS skateboarder wins tip pledge contest

December 8, 2017 - skateboarding

HAMPTON Josh Dirksen’s name continues to grow in a skateboarding world, as a Winnacunnet High School tyro won a tip pledge skating foe this year.

Dirksen, 17, took initial place in a World Cup Skateboardings Vans Amateur Combi Pool Classic’s 15 Over difficulty in October, winning a $2,000 money esteem and holding another step toward what he hopes will be a veteran skateboarding career. Last year, a Hampton teen placed 15th in a younger difficulty during a foe in Orange, California.

Dirksen, who can mostly be found skating during Rye Airfield movement park after school, pronounced a win opens sparkling doors for him going forward, that could embody veteran contests in other countries. He kick out skaters from around a world, including Brazil, Japan, Australia and Mexico. Most of a U.S. skaters he faced were from California and usually dual of a other 20 skaters in his multiplication were from a East Coast.

“I’m unequivocally hyped and super stoked that we was means to win,” Dirksen said. “I’m unequivocally unequivocally happy about it.”

Dirksen’s winning run incorporated a line, or fibre of tricks, that enclosed grinds, flips, front and handplants, a latter being when Dirksen catches atmosphere and grabs a corner of a bowl.

Dirksen had 4 heats in a final turn of a foe to lift together a winning run, a best of a 4 counting towards his score. It took a integrate runs to land his one-footed eggplant, though he nailed it in a final heat.

Judges announced a competition’s rankings from a bottom up, and Dirksen pronounced he began removing vehement when his name still had not been called when fourth place was announced. When he was a final name not called after second place was announced, he pronounced he was “smiling, super happy.”

Dirksen has been practicing during Rye Airfield’s for a final 9 years, skating for hours on finish on a facility’s play and 22-foot straight ramp. He got his start during age 8 when his mom took him to his initial skateboarding lesson. Today, he has a series of sponsors Pioneers Board Shop in North Hampton, Powell Peralta, Bones Wheels, S1 Helmet Co. and Rye Airfield.

Beau Lambert, Rye Airfield’s ubiquitous manager, believes Dirksen will go pro soon. He pronounced Dirksen has noticeably softened as a skater given he began to rise physically, adding energy to his already jaunty frame. He removed one day in a final year walking into Rye Airfield and seeing someone skating a line in a wooden play and being tender to find it was Dirksen.

“I would contend we saw, for miss of a improved term, bomb expansion in him,” Lambert pronounced of Dirksen’s final year and a half. “We all noticed, myself, my staff, everybody, where it became a indicate of conversation, ‘Have we seen Josh movement lately?'”

Lambert pronounced Dirksen has other critical factors operative in his preference besides talent, from his stability to his personal support system.

“He has a whole package, from unequivocally understanding relatives to drive,” Lambert said. “He will positively make it if he stays on this trajectory. He will be a pro hands down.”

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