CALIPATRIA — Fireworks and barbecues are widely practiced Independence Day traditions.
In Calipatria, those traditions were accompanied by a skating tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Vontray Taylor won the tournament's 14-and-up division. Ralph Romero took second and Michael Duarte was third.
Paul Dominguez was the 9 to 11-year-old winner, Jesse Martinez was second and George Magdaleno third. Damian Allen was the 5 to 8-year old winner while Adam Saracosa was second.
Eighteen-year-old Andrew Taylor, president of the Calipatria Skate Committee, said he thinks a skate tournament is a great idea.
Andrew Taylor said some of the things a judge looks for in a skating competition are the skater's style, ability to stay in control and the number of tricks the skater can pull off.
Some of those tricks, according to Andrew Taylor, are kick flips, in which the skater jumps and has the board flips all the way around underneath him before he lands; "shove-its," in which the board turns 180 degrees below the skater when he jumps; and rail slides or "grinds," where a rider straddles a rail with the bottom of his board while sliding from one end of the rail to the other.