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Skater Royalty or Get Some Fresh Air

Sunday, we know where we can find a few people who love to ollie, grind, and shove it; whose stances are goofy; who think the number 360 seems way too small. Tony Hawk and his crew are kicking off the "Birdhouse Skateboards MIAtoNYC Tour." Skateboarding pros like Hawk, Kevin Staab, and Willy Santos will invade Westwind Lakes Skate Park, along with the Birdhouse team amateurs, including Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Riley Hawk, Shawn Hale, Clint Walker, David Loy, Shaun Gregoire, and Elliot Sloan. And for just ten bucks, you can get in the park and skate beside them.

The demos will focus on street skating, a style of skateboarding that involves using items on paved surfaces, in schools, or in malls as obstacles. You'll see the guys use anything from stairs, curbs, and ledges to handrails. And if you're a die-hard skater, you can follow the tour up to places like Virginia Beach and New York City to see them take on the big-daddy halfpipes. Look for free swag from sponsors like Quiksilver, Tech Deck, and Skull Candy. Westwind (6805 SW 152 Place, Miami) will be firing up the barbecue, so come hungry. The park opens at 11 a.m., and the demo beings at 2 p.m. It's free to watch from outside and $10 to skate inside. Call 786-537-2016, or visit
Sun., Aug. 21, 11 a.m., 2011

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Alexander Leon

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