Kayson Jones didn’t have enough arms to carry all his winnings.
The 15-year-old Jacksonite claimed the 2019 Wild West skateboarding Young Guns (15-18) crown on Saturday at the town skate park, and by the time the crowds dispersed he had a pile of medals, boards, clothes and more.
“It feels good,” the reserved skater said. “The opportunity to win boards and stuff, that’s cool.”
The four-part contest by the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club had two stops in Jackson, with one each in both Driggs and Ketchum, Idaho. Jones secured his victory with wins in both Jackson stops and the final Hoff’s Firing Line section on Saturday.
As for tricks landed, he was most pleased with stomping a kickflip off the pyramid adjacent to the concrete bowl on Saturday.
“It’s just a lot of fun, just to improve your tricks and try something new,” he said. “I actually love competing against all my friends.”
In the highest level, the open class Outlaws, 20-year-old Andrew McInroy was the top man. He competed only in the two Jackson stops, but it was enough for him to swing home with the title.
And between the money earned and the free gear piled up, it was much needed for the self-described ski bum.
“Oh, it’s really nice,” he said of the free gear. In fact, he competed Saturday on a Hoff’s deck he won just weeks before in the first Jackson competition. “It’s always nice to get some free stuff that will last awhile.”
Of the tricks he landed, the highlight was a long 50-50 grind from the shallow end of the bowl across the transfer and into the deep end.
After that, it was really just about escaping the competition unscathed.
“I didn’t fall too much, so that was good,” he said. “I’m usually happy with that.”
Kaya Kandolin was the top female skater, claiming the Cowgirls crown after victories in Driggs and the first Jackson competition. Sage Kandolin won the 9-and-under competition and Noah Robertson took the 10-12 division.