Spyder Skate Team Tryouts this Saturday August 31st @ 11:00AM


All skill levels invited!
Get on the skate team August 31, 2013
At Spyder Surf, 2461 PCH, Hermosa Beach

See what tryout time to show up for below.

There are various sub-teams based on skill level. To join a sub-team, all you need to do is try out and land the required tricks for that sub-team (seen below). Earn badges and points by completing tricks and learning new skateboard repair skills. See where you rank and compare with others on leaderboards. Finally, there is a place for you to have fun on a skate team. A Longboard Team is also available.

Waivers will be available at the date of the event. We will be happy to email a waiver requiring a notary signature, if your parent or guardian cannot attend the event.

How The Open Skate Team Works:
Simply practice the tricks for one sub-team. On the day of the event, a judge will watch you complete all the tricks for the sub-team you are trying out for. Once completed, you will be placed on the sub-team.

If you think you won't be able to complete all the tricks for the sub-team you are trying out for, because of how difficult they are, you can bring in video footage of yourself to show a judge.

Below are the street skating tricks you'll need to practice before the try out date.

Team White*: Ollie, Slalom 10 Cones, Manual 8 Feet, Ride Up Curb
Team Yellow: Kickflip, Heelflip, Frontside & Backside 180, FS 50-50 Grind,
Team Orange: Varial Kickflip, BS & FS 50-50 Grind, FS & BS 50-50 180 Out
Team Green: FS & BS Flip, FS Nose Slide, FS & BS 5.0, 5.0 Shuv-it Out
Team Blue: 360 Flip, Crooked Grind, Blind Flip, FS Nose Slide
Team Purple: FS & BS Heelflip, Switch Flip, Hard Flip, BS Tail Slide 180 Out
Team Red: Kickflip BS Tail, Switch Varial Heel, Fakie Hardflip, Switch Crooked Grind
Team Black: Reserved for elite skaters. Must be nominated.

BS= Backside, FS= Frontside, Slalom= in & out (not downhill)
BS & FS= Must complete both frontside and backside. Not one or the other.
Riding Up Curb= While riding, you must lift the front of the board up onto a sidewalk, and then lift the back of the board up onto the sidewalk.

Longboarders/Downhillers- Please bring your best video footage, or show us your Youtube/Vimeo video during the event. Come prepared to do some tricks too.  We will still have sub-teams for you guys.  You can check with us next week to see what the sub-teams are for longboards/downhill.

Tryout Times:
The event starts at 11:AM. Due to the limited space at our PCH location, we encourage people to show up at the correct time for the sub-team they are trying out for. You can still try out at the event if you miss your tryout time. We'll squeeze you in somewhere.

Team White: 11:am
Team Yellow: 12:pm
Team Orange: 1:pm
Teams Green & Blue: 2:pm
Teams Purple & Red: 3:pm

*Can't Make Team White?
If you don't have the skills to make it on Team White , or think you won't complete all the tricks, DON'T WORRY, you can still be part of the Spyder Skate Team. While you are practicing the tricks for Team White, you'll be on the Grom Team.

Can't Make It To The Event?
If you are unable to attend the event, you can submit your video footage to Spyder on PCH at a later date. You can bring your video footage into Spyder on PCH, or post your footage to the Spyder Facebook page. When posting your video footage on Facebook, be sure to title your post, "New Member Try Out", and say what team you are trying out for. A staff member or team captain will add you to the correct sub-team shortly after.

After The Event:
After the try out date on August 31st, there will be other future events, called clinics, where you can earn more points and badges by learning hands-on repair and maintenance skills, and information about equipment.

Hands-on skills include (but are not limited to):
• Removing grip tape
• Applying grip tape
• Custom grip tape jobs
• Removing bearings from wheels
• Making a bearing cleaning kit
• Cleaning bearings
• Rethreading a truck axle
• Replacing bushings
• Remove a broken kingpin bolt
• Fixing a chipped deck
• Fixing razor tail

We will also have additional product clinics, where you can learn more about the differences between products, and know which ones work better than others.

Points, Badges, and Leaderboards:
Every time you complete a trick, learn a new skateboard repair skill, and attend a product clinic you will earn badges and points. Compare and compete against other team members and sub-teams by how many badges and points you earn. You will be able to view all the stats and rankings on leaderboards. Your stats and leaderboards are viewed online.

Trick Badges= 100 points
Hands-on Badges= 25 points
Product Knowledge Badge= 25 points

How You Earn Badges and Points:
After the August 31st event, when you land new tricks for the next sub-team, you can bring in your video footage to Spyder on PCH, or post your footage to the Spyder Surf Facebook page. When posting your video footage on Facebook, be sure to title your post using the sub-team name you are on and the trick you landed. For example: If you are on Team White, your post would be titled, "Team White, Kickflip". Your team captain will see it and notify a Spyder staff member who will award you your points and badge.

Team Captains:
Volunteer to be a team captain. As a Team Captain, your task is to monitor the sub-team you look after. You must check the Spyder Facebook page and make notes of your team members who have completed tricks. After making your notes, you hand them to a Spyder staff member, who will add the necessary badges and points for that team member. At the event, notify a staff member who can check to see if a team captain position is open for you.

Food and drink to be determined.
Be aware that parking is very limited. You may find plenty parking across the street.

For more info visit or call Spyder @ (310) 374-8276. A waiver must be signed to participate.

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