Minehead EYE reveals the winners of the skateboard design challenge

A MINEHEAD skate park has announced the winners of its skateboard design competition.

Minehead EYE ran the contest with the help of SkateArt – a skateboard design company.

The talented Owen James, of The Castle School in Taunton, won the competition and his design will now be created and transformed into a skateboard that will be sold on the SkateArt website.

Owens’ mother Michele Ambrose said: “Owen is now studying GCSE art at Castle School and has been contacted by a local Taunton company to help him design a logo since winning this award. .

“He’s really proud of himself, but not as proud as me and his stepfather, Matthew.”

The competition had over 100 entries and the judges from Minehead EYE and SkateArt chose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the Under 16 category and a winner for the Under 10 category.

The results were as follows:

  • Under-16 winner: Owen James

Owen James

  • Second place under 16: Laura Mills

Somerset County Gazette: Laura Mills skateboard designLaura Mills skateboard design

  • Third place under-16: Maddie Pratt

Somerset County Gazette: Maddie Pratt's skateboardMaddie Pratt’s skateboard

  • Under 10 winner: Rosie Pinto

Somerset County Gazette: the design of Rose PintoRose Pinto’s drawing

Andy Westcott, senior educator at Minehead Eye, said: “During the lockdown our youth clubs and skate parks were closed so we were wondering what we could do online.

“We contacted Skate Art – which creates skateboard designs – and decided to have a contest for people to design their own skateboards.

“We sent the competition to our contacts and via social media and we had over 100 entries.

“It was a huge success.

“Before the lockdown my job was to deliver face to face to youth clubs and doing nothing while the lockdown was tough but the competition brought a lot of messages and we got so many pictures.

“On October 17th, we are having a private skate session at Minehead eye to present the prizes.

“The winner’s design will get a contract on the Skate Art website and their skateboard design will be made and sold.

“The second and third places will receive merchandise and participate in the free skating session.

“The competition is definitely something we want to do again in the future – I hope we can integrate it into future youth clubs.”

To purchase the winners’ skateboard visit www.skateart.shop

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