Illenium Skateboards, Emerica Shoes, Hawk Skateboarding, Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, Vision Sports inc., Thrasher Magazine, and Ecko Unlimited bring you the RAS2002 “Best of the West” Mini Ramp Jam and Rail Challenge.

Competitors will ride the RAS float in the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade at 5:05pm. RAS2002 “Best of the West” is a part of a national network of amateur skateboard competition series that run internationally. These events are qualifiers for the United Skateboard Association’s “stAMpede” International Amateur Championships in February 2003. Skaters from all regions are competing for the chance to compete in the “stAMpede” amateur skateboard championships. The top 3 in each group will qualify to compete in the “Best of the West” finals in January 2003. Top 5 Skaters from RAS 2002 finals qualify for the stAMpede international amateur Championships.

The Competition will be located in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot at the end of Newport Ave. The competition is on Saturday December 7th. Registration starts at 8am. The competition starts at 10am. Illenium Skateboards, Emerica Shoes, Thrasher Magazine, Hawk Skateboarding, Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, Zoo York, and Ecko Unlimited will provide prizes for the riders and spectators.

Illenium Skateboards is manufacturing trophy plaques for the top 3 riders in each group. The Entry fee is only $20 for each event. Registration is open to anyone. The groups are: Grom’s 12-under, Beginner (Unsponsored), Intermediate (Shop Team Rider), Women’s (Women/Girls can compete against the guy’s too), Masters 30 and over, and Advanced (Factory Team Rider).

Sponsorship is not required to enter any specific group. RAS2002 “Best of the West” runs on a Jam format. Skaters ride in 30-minute heats. Skaters ride one at a time in order, skate until you bail with a first trick rebate. NO STEPPING OFF! This format is designed to eliminate the usual contest pressure. It creates a more relaxed atmosphere.

RAS2002 is currently accepting promotional product donations for giveaways. You can send product and signage to the Address below. Save on shipping…RAS staff can pick up packages in Orange County and San Diego. Otherwise the shipping deadline is Tuesday December 3rd. For pre registration and sponsorship information or if you would like to host an event you can call the number below. RAS2002′s mission is to create positive events for everyone involved.