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Tricks That Win Freestyle Scooter Competitions

Tricks That Win Freestyle Scooter Competitions

Check out these tips and tricks for impressing the judges at your next freestyle scooter competition!

I might not be a scooter rider, but I've been around enough scooter competitions to know what kind of performances are successful. In fact, you can watch other sports, such as skateboarding, BMX, inline skating, and freestyle motocross and learn about things that score well with judges. I suspected that scootering was no different and, over the last 3 years, I've seen first-hand that my suspicions were correct from big competetions like CooterCon, the Razor Exposed Tour, and the Epic Jam to smaller competitions like our own NW Scoot events.

As we prepare for the RDM Summer Classic, I've been thinking about this a lot and talking to my scooter kid and his friends about the topic, so I thought I'd share some of those thoughts with our readers.

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Your First Comp, Part 2 - What to Expect at a Freestyle Scooter Competition

What to Expect at a Freestyle Scooter Competition

My scooter kid, Paxton Swygard (left), taking 3rd place in the Beginner division at the Razor Exposed Tour round 2 in Battle Ground, WA on August 28th, 2010.

This is the second part in a two-part article about your first competition. Part 1 can be found here: Preparing for a Freestyle Scooter Competition

The Competition Day

You know those times that you were told registration would start? Yeah, well, forget it. Okay, that's not true, but the point is this: very few scooter comps start when they say they do. If registration starts at 9:00AM, you should be there at 8:45AM or earlier, but don't be surprised if they don't start registration until 9:30AM. Hopefully you've pre-registered so this won't be as big of a deal for you if they have a streamlined process for pre-registrered riders.

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Your First Comp, Part 1 - Preparing for a Freestyle Scooter Competition

Preparing for a Freestyle Scooter Event

Paxton practicing his tabletop hip tansfers in prepration for the Subway Games.

This is the first part in a two-part article about your first competition. Part 2 can be found here: What to Expect at a Freestyle Scooter Competition

This coming weekend, we'll be going to Sammamish, WA to compete at the Subway Games. Over the last 15th months, we've taken my scooter kid to 8 competitions in Oregon, Washington, California, and Arizona. It took a few events to feel comfortable, but now we know what to expect. However, the first few experiences were pretty nerve-wracking for both Paxton and my wife and I.

A little preparation can really impact what kind of experience you and your scooter kid will have at a competition. Every competition will be different, and being flexible is key, but by having an idea of what to expect, you can help prepare your scooter kid to do his best and have as much fun as possible.

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