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I'm A Nobody But I Got The Stoke at 41
On 9/8/2004 North Carolina Longboarder wrote in from United States  (63.167.nnn.nnn)

I think the Masters Division is a great idea. Not to make it too complicated but I think that there should probably be a couple of levels within the group. Here is how I think it should be broken down:

Skate Gods: All of those skaters on the list below that are famous/infamous and are pro/semi pro/formerly pro or damn close to it. (Examples: see the list below...Coleman and Hester stand out to me on that list.) (I still have a set of Henry Hester Road Rider wheels from back in the day!) MASTERS PRO DIVISION

Skate Demi-Gods: All of those skaters who have been at it a long time, show up for all/majority of the races/events, are still ripping it, and are big part of the heart of the sport. (Example: Feel in the blank with anyone you think is a fit) MASTERS ELITE DIVISION

Skate Heros: All of those skaters who are ripping it locally, skating local/regional events, are influences to the younger skaters in their area, and have damn good skater skills. (Examples: We all know skaters like these).
MASTERS INTERMEDIATE DIVISION or MASTERS SPORT DIVISION

Skate Refugees: All of those skaters who have come back to the sport after a long break from it during the mid 80's through the 90's and are now riding locally and are totally reborn into the sport. These skaters are still sorting out their skill levels but are riding a bunch, are stoked about being a skateboarder again, are embracing the traditions of the past, and are catching up to today. (Example: Me! I will be 42 in December) MASTERS BEGINNER DIVISION

Having this number of divisions would be difficult at smaller regional events where the field of skaters 45 years of age or more was smaller but what the organizers could do is still have everyone in the Masters age group compete together but have seperate awards for the different levels of skill. By competing head to head against the Pro and Elite level riders the Beginners (not a good word for someone who skates for almost 14 years before taking a break but...) would have a great experience and learn a great deal, yet, we would still be recognized for our achievement within our own level of ability.

I raced mountain bicycles for several years during the 90's until I had a major crash in 1999. Many of the events I competed in were structured this way. In mountain biking they even have a division for guys over 200 lbs. called Clydesdales. Depending on the size of the field it would be broken down in various levels of skills.

Roll on Brothers and Sisters! Roll On! No matter if you are a Skate God or as Skate Goof!
SCHOOL'S OUT

Roll on Brothers and Sisters. Roll on, Roll on.

 
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Old and wise...
On 9/8/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (69.19.nnn.nnn)

Yet MORE old guys... DP and Hackett are almost in there as well! Scary...

Masters Division

Creeping up on 45 years old...

Richy Carrasco - 42
David Hackett - 43
Duane Peters - 43
Steve Olson - 44

45 and up...

Claude Reginier - 46
Scott Johnston - 47
Pat Chewning - 47
Steve Evans - 48
Bruce Bjortvelt - 49
John Hutson - 50
Mark McCree - 50
Miko Biffle - 51
Rene Carrasco - 52
Henry Hester - 53
Randy Smith - 53
Jamie Hart - 54
Cliff Coleman - 54

Ageless so far...

Brent Kosick
Jack Smith
Steve Sherman
Charlie Ransom

 
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Who is the Master?
On 9/7/2004 Scott Johnston wrote in from United States  (66.27.nnn.nnn)

Over the hill but never stops ticking! 47

 
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How old are YOU?
On 9/7/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (69.19.nnn.nnn)

Ok, ok... I was just joshin' on Cliff's age. Here's a few more additions.

Masters Division

Under 45 years old...

Richy Carrasco - 42
Steve Olson - 44

45 and up...

Claude Reginier - 46
Pat Chewning - 47
Steve Evans - 48
Bruce Bjortvelt - 49
John Hutson - 50
Mark McCree - 50
Miko Biffle - 51
Rene Carrasco - 52
Henry Hester - 53
Randy Smith - 53
Jamie Hart - 54
Cliff Coleman - 54

Ageless so far...

Brent Kosick
Jack Smith
Steve Sherman
Charlie Ransom

 
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As long as we're being honest ....
On 9/7/2004 Pat Chewning wrote in from United States  (24.21.nnn.nnn)

Pat Chewning: 47

 
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......63 - - - What?
On 9/7/2004 renecarrasco.com wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)


Cliff Coleman 63 ?

WhaT tHe hEcK ?

 
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Masters
On 9/7/2004 Cknuck wrote in from Canada  (70.48.nnn.nnn)

46 over the Xmas holidays.

I'll race where my training and health allow me too!

 
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Masters et al
On 9/7/2004 Adam wrote in from United States  (66.121.nnn.nnn)

I'm considering changing the category 'Seniors' to 'Masters 45+'. 'Juniors' would change to 'Juniors 12-'. Which leaves those awkward teenage years and is getting pretty deep in categories... Ideas anyone?

 
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Masters again...
On 9/7/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (69.85.nnn.nnn)

This just in with some additions and corrections from Rene Carrasco... thanks bro!

The big question of course is will it be 45 and up or 50 and up. Discussion?

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M asters Division

Under 45 years old...

Richy Carrasco - 42
Steve Olson - 44

45 to 49 years old...

Steve Evans - 48
Bruce Bjortvelt - 49

50 and older...

John Hutson - 50
Mark McCree - 50
Miko Biffle - 51
Rene Carrasco - 52
Henry Hester - 53
Randy Smith - 53
Jamie Hart - 54
Cliff Coleman - 63

Unknown...

Brent Kosick
Jack Smith
Steve Sherman
Charlie Ransom

 
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Jackie Lee
On 9/7/2004 CRS Sufferer wrote in from United States  (64.42.nnn.nnn)

Don't forget Jackie Lee Smith!!!

 
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Nearly or over 45 years old and not senile...
On 9/7/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

Ok... so I'm repeating myself sorta. (more good data)

Miko Biffle - 51
Rene Carrasco - 53
Cliff Coleman - 63
Steve Evans - 48?
Steve Olson - 44?
Charlie Ransom -
Jamie Hart -
Henry Hester -
John Hutson - 50
Richy Carrasco -
Mark McCree - 50
Bruce Bjortvelt - 49

 
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Old crusty skater list...
On 9/7/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

Anyone... please correct me if I've gotten any ages wrong here.

Miko Biffle - 51
Rene Carrasco -
Cliff Coleman -
Steve Evans - 48?
Steve Olson - 44?
Charlie Ransom -
Jamie Hart -
Henry Hester -
John Hutson - 50
Richy Carrasco -
Mark McCree - 50

 
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Seniors / Masters Class
On 9/7/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

Hi Bruce... It's always great to see you (and others) out there getting it on and working the hill. Stoke is non-partisan, and it's the coolest thing to see people who have it. You're a major practitioner of the stoke my friend!

If the age for Masters was 45, we'd see people like Steve Evans, and in a year, Olson. Ransom, Gilmour and many others are probably getting close as well, so it could be a very competitive bracket. Maybe we should start a poll of riders nearing or above 45 to see just how the group would look? I'll start the list now. I've added people who may be somewhere near the line as well. Let's see just how infirm and aged we really are!

Miko Biffle - 51
Rene Carrasco -
Cliff Coleman -
Steve Evans -
Steve Olson -
Charlie Ransom -
Jamie Hart -
Henry Hester -
John Hutson -
Richy Carrasco -

 
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Grasshopper
On 9/7/2004 Norski wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

49 yo grasshopper striving to become Master.

Seeing Cliff, Henrey, Hutson, Miko, and Jamie race, is what gave me the incentive to get involved a couple of years ago. I saw these guys with graying, or missing (Miko) hair killing it. I hadn't met Rene yet, love your stoke Bro!

The field isn't going to be very big with you 50 yo's racing! How many this year? Rene, McCree, Miko and Cliff, did I forget anyone? If I did, maybe that qualifies me to advance!

You guys, and the whole "Slalom Family" Rock! Good luck to all the racers at the Red Clay Cup and Team USA in Antibes.

Hope to see you all in Morro Bay!

L8r SK8r's,
Bruce

 
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grey beard
On 9/7/2004 boyd wrote in from Australia  (203.23.nnn.nnn)

got a grey beard and 50 years and still learning

 
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It's always gray on the inside...
On 9/7/2004 Miko wrote in from United States  (69.19.nnn.nnn)

I think that you have to have a gray goatee to be a Master. Or be on at least one prescription drug... Old enough for a colonoscopy? Yer old enough to be a Master!

 
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Young lookin' skateboarder...........ha!
On 9/7/2004 Rene CANNONBALL Carrasco wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

Hey Cliff-

"What choo talkin' 'bout - Willis?

My skin still looks youthful !
here's proof -

Actually, thats a photo of me in Special Effects make-up, when I starred in a
LOW BUDGET movie called: "Yambo - Creature of the Carwash!" back in 1981.

Remember those Drive-In "B" Movies ?

BIG Congratz on those "Coleman Slide Clinics" in Europe !
That's pretty RAD !

Take care,
and I'll see you - AND........
hopefully RACE YOU in the "Tight Slalom" course @ Morro Bay !

.........-Rene' Cannonball Carrasco !

 
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Old people?
On 9/6/2004 Cliff Coleman wrote in from Australia  (203.51.nnn.nnn)

Man a lot of old people are here on this site! Did you see how old that guy looked that calls himself Canonball? That guy is ancient! I'm leaving this page, it makes me feel old.

Cliff Coleman

 
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What about downhill masters?
On 9/5/2004 Yorck wrote in from Germany  (82.83.nnn.nnn)

A masters downhill category would be cool too! 40 should be old enough to be a senior in this sport. What about the omsa?

 
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* 50 ....the number *
On 9/4/2004 Rene CANNONBALL Carrasco wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

Pauliwog -

....how about for "Masters Category" -
*VERT - 40 & over.
*Slalom - 50 & over.
*Freestyle - 50 & over.

I think that sounds about right - do you?


BELOW: A PHOTO OF A 52 YR. OLD MAN "STILL STOKED"
RACING @ WLAC - - - "Cannonball"!......6/13/2004.



Hey - are you up in Oregon - 'Tay Hunt' Country?
-if so - tell him Hi for me.


See you @ Morro Bay !
..........-Rene' C.


 
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Masters Division
On 9/4/2004 Pauliwog wrote in from United States  (64.5.nnn.nnn)

Vert:38 and above
Slalom: 50 and above

As a 41 going on 42 year old, I would totally dig seeing the "more mature" racers have their own division.

 
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Masters Division
On 9/4/2004 Judi wrote in from United States  (69.111.nnn.nnn)

Very cool.

If there was a master division. I think it would be cool if they did a 4 person masters final at Worlds. Hut, Miko...still amazingly fast. I'm not sure who else is over 50.

David hope your healing well.

 
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50 sounds cool...
On 9/4/2004 GBJ wrote in from United States  (69.140.nnn.nnn)

Thank God, somebody didn't suggest 40. I'm too young to be old, but, DAMN! The Cannonball is oooold. Speaking of Senior PGA... when's your bro gonna start kicking some big name butt here in the US?

 
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Should it be 50 ?
On 9/3/2004 renecarrasco.com wrote in from United States  (66.81.nnn.nnn)

I feel it should be 50 yrs. old - for the Senior Division.

The Senior PGA & Karate Tournaments do that.

There's more guys turning 50 this year - - -

I'll be 53 on Oct. 3rd .

Us 50 yr. olds got a good "2 more years to battle it out"...

-before Evans turns 50 ! .....then we're cooked !

Thanks Adam for this forum !

See you all @ Morro Bay.


............-Rene' Cannonball Carrasco !


 
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How old is a senior?
On 9/3/2004 John Gilmour wrote in from United States  (207.172.nnn.nnn)

Is my gray hair enough to qualify my for a discount?

 
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