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Skate Demo Features Professional, Local Skaters

Te Stefaniak Te Stefaniak
Mitchell Petain Mitchell Petain
Jason Chang Jason Chang

By Stephen Florino

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's billed as the biggest skate event in Hawaii in the last decade. It's for all local skaters to enjoy, as well as everyone else -- giving them a glimpse of their sport, which skaters also see as a way of life.

Pros from the Oakley and DC skate teams dazzle the crowd at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

"It's awesome to see these pros skate," said Te Stefaniak.

"They're catching so high air, it's just awesome."

"I'm pumped," said Mitchell Petain. "I wanna go skate out there with them, but they're skating right now."

Hundreds of fans gather for the 2nd annual Pipe Dreams Skate Demo. The goal -- celebrate the culture of this extreme sport, and give local skaters an opportunity to see, and skate with some of the best.

"That's like the best thing ever for me, cause skating is like my life," said Petain.

"There's tons and tons of surf demos," said Jason Chang, owner of Pipe Dreams and event organizer. "We wanted to do something different, bring the skate guys out here, give back to the community."

"Show them, eh, we're here. and there's a lot, you guys can see it, there's lots of great local skaters, bring the pros down, and let everybody have a whole lot of fun."

There is a lot of fun, and falls. And it all has meaning.

"Show everybody a different point of view," said Chang. "I think that's what skating, surf, those non-traditional sports -- eh, we're different, but we're all the same."

Organizers say they're hoping for a bigger and better event next year.

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