The Gatorade Canada Ambush Tour passed through Vancouver earlier this month featuring professional skateboarder Chaz Ortiz. In each city on the tour, professional skateboarders spend their day hanging out at skate parks with locals. 16 year old Ortiz spent some time at the Vancouver Skate Park at the beginning of the month where the Vancouver Observer caught up with him:
He may have several sponsorship deals and major contests under his belt, but Ortiz is really just another kid who loves to skate. Ortiz, who turned pro two weeks ago, caught the eye of the skateboarding world in 2008 when he entered and won the Free Flow Tour, a top amateur contest. Riding on his success, the prodigy was offered a wildcard entry to the PlayStation Pro preliminaries, where he placed sixth overall, outperforming top pros like Greg Lutzka.
Ortiz also spent time at Skate Parks in Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam, North Vancouver and Port Moody.
While the tour has moved on, you can still catch it in Calgary July 16th and 17th then it’s on to Montreal August 13th where Sean Malto will be out and about.
To commemorate the tour, Gatorade has come out with a limited edition skateboard deck. I happen to have the opportunity to give one away to a reader.
To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post about skateboard culture in BC. This can be from your own experiences, how involved your kids might be, or perhaps a comment if you made it out to one of the Ambush Tour events. You can also enter by posting the following on Twitter:
I will draw a winner this coming Tuesday, July 20th.
Update The winner of the deck is Pat, congratulations!