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Posted November 9, 2017 | 4:08 PM

Who Won the Title Best Shredder in Hillsborough County?

2017 Winners Crowned

Thrills and spills took place during the annual 3-part skateboarding series, but in the end, the winners were crowned "Best Shredders" in Hillsborough County.

The idea behind the Best Shredder contest is to showcase the area's most talented skaters and the County's three skateboard parks, each of which hosts one contest. The parks and the sport are increasingly popular, and the annual Best Shredder event helps fuel the excitement.

In 2017, the first contest was at Jackson Springs Skate Park on March 18. It was followed by one at Providence Skate Park on August 5, with the final event at  the Apollo Beach Skate Park on September 30.

Skaters could enter one, two, or all three of the contests. Prizes were awarded after the last one, for first-, second-, and third-place overall finishers in each of four age divisions. Point accumulations determined the winners, but skater had to be present at final Best Shredder contest to claim overall placement.

Here are the results :

Overall Results - Winners announced September 30

8 & Under
1st - Sam Christoff - 50 points
2nd - Jackson Rutherford - 20 points
3rd - Bradley Roberts - 15 points
9 - 12
1st - Arianna McGuckin - 65 points
2nd - Tommy Lee - 45 points
3rd - Austyn Hager - 15 points
13 - 15
1st - Paris Kilby - 75 points
2nd - Riley Denham - 20 points
3rd - Caleb Hoover - 15 points
16 & Up
1st -  Sly Sullivan - 50 points
2nd - Dominique Jenkins - 40 points
3rd - Andre McKenzie - 15 points

Jackson Springs Skate Park - March18

8 & Under
1st - N/A
2nd - N/A
3rd - N/A
9 - 12
1st - David Childers - 25 points
2nd - Arianna McGuckin - 20 points
3rd - Ian Kaplan - 15 points
13 - 15
1st - Paris Kilby - 25 points
2nd - Christian Castro - 20 points
3rd - Aiden Daubert - 15 points
16 & Up
1st - Sly Sullivan - 25 points
2nd - Hunter Kling - 20 points
3rd - Micah Gilbert - 15 points

Providence Skate Park - August 5

8 & Under
1st - Sam Christoff - 25 points
2nd - Mizo Michel - 20 points
3rd - Alphadi Cisse - 15 points
9 - 12
1st - Tommy Lee - 25 points
2nd - Arianna McGuckin - 20 points
3rd - Landon Kight - 15 points
13 - 15
1st - Paris Kilby - 25 points
2nd - Cameron Hollaway - 20 points
3rd - Payton Stefero - 15 points
16 & Up
1st - Sly Sullivan - 25 points
2nd - Dominique Jenkins - 20 points
3rd - Taylor Fetuga - 15 points

Apollo Beach - September 30

8 & Under
1st - Sam Christoff - 25 points
2nd - Jackson Rutherford - 20 points
3rd - Bradley Roberts - 15 points
9 - 12
1st - Arianna McGuckin - 25 points
2nd - Tommy Lee - 20 points
3rd - Austyn Hager - 15 points
13 - 15
1st - Paris Kilby - 25 points
2nd - Riley Denham - 20 points
3rd - Caleb Hoover - 15 points
16 & Up
1st -  Peter Kryger - 25 points
2nd - Dominique Jenkins - 20 points
3rd - Andre McKenzie - 15 points

The three County parks' designs and features vary, befitting skaters with a range of skills. Jackson Springs is for skateboarders with intermediate talents and is the County's newest course. Providence is for intermediate and advanced athletes. Apollo Beach is for beginners and offers a street-like experience.

New this year: There was a best-trick exhibitions during midpoint breaks at each of the competitions, designed to take advantage of the parks' unique features. Skaters who executed the best tricks earned prizes, but the maneuvers didn't count toward the Best Shredder competition.

Zackary Monson, 19, an accomplished skater from Valrico, is a regular at Brandon Skate Park. He recently displayed some of his skills at an exhibition at Apollo Beach Skate Park. "I just love it," Zackary says of his sport. "I'll keep doing it until the day I die or my legs fall off."

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