The eighth edition of the Guajataka Downhill skateboard event was held recently. Competing in the event were participants from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Venezuela. The United States also participated with athletes from California, Colorado, Virginia, Delaware, Florida, and New York, and Alaska, in addition to all of our local participants.
This year the girls were the talk of the town. For the first time, the event had more than 30 female participants. The winner of the women’s downhill event was Canadian Katie Nelson, being the fastest during the almost two kilometers downhill slope. Following her was Puerto Rican Tiara Perez from the town of Quebradillas. In the slalom competition, Dominican Pam Diaz took first place in her first participation in the Guajataka. Second and third places went to Puerto Ricans Katya Torres and Gabriela Feliciano.
Meanwhile, in the Pro Open category, Canadian competitor Kevin Reimer was crowned champion for the third time. Second place went to Mack Wacey, also from Canada. Third place went to Puerto Rican Clifford Deida of Quebradillas. The sensation of the Slalom event was 23-year old Richard Steven Sanchez, a New Yorker of Colombian descent, who defeated the favorite, Australian Shapiera Jackson.
Without a doubt, one of the most exciting events of the Guajataka Downhill is the Sliding event. The champion was young Gaul Chance of Laguna Beach, California. Gaul left the judges and the audience ecstatic with his stunts and risky moves. Local boys Christian Roman, Juan Mercado, and Jankiel Carranza came in second, third, and fourth. Events like this make our Island continue to grow as a quality destination for sports. Congratulations to Puerto Rico.
By: Wildalys Pagan González