Derek Swaim wins 2019 éS Game of S.K.A.T.E Canadian Championship
On July 9th, 2019, some of Canada’s most talented flat ground skaters converged at KNOWSHOW to duke it out in the Original éS Game of S.K.A.T.E. Presented by Timebomb Trading, King Media and with a newly minted Canadian Championship sanctioned by Canada Skateboard this seasons event was one not to be missed.
S.K.A.T.E. which mimics the game of H.O.R.S.E. (played by basketball players) entered the skateboarding landscape in the ’70s on vert and has been a staple during street sessions throughout Skateboarding's progression. In the early 2000s éS pioneered an official tournament of the game, which endures to this day.
The 16 Skater bracket winnowed over the next few hours, and the final pairing came down to Ryan Lepore vs the returning champion Derek Swaim.
In the end, Derek’s deep bag of tricks held off the challenger, won the $500 Purse and the custom Canada Skateboard Championship plaque created by Daniel Nelson from Driftwood Works Inc.
Thanks to Tyler Holm, Paige and Gman at Timebomb Trading for organizing the event, Ryan and the team at KING, Benny and Trevn from Canada Skateboard and of course all of the Skaters for taking part. See you in 2020!
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