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Dare To Be Different

Published: June 10, 2015

The competitive landscape is ever changing and growing. Watch out mainstream sports, those “little” alternative tournaments are getting stronger! We would like to shine a light on just a few of the premiere “alternative” sporting events that we're proud to host each year!

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Roller Derby rolled back on the scene in 2001 and now the international governing body, Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has 308 participating leagues and 84 apprentice leagues. Eugene’s Emerald City Roller Girls host one of the largest invitational tournaments, The Big O Roller Derby Tournament. This year’s tournament was May 1-3 at the Lane Events Center in Eugene and included 39 international men’s, women’s & juniors’ teams. Which included a showcase game with Junior Team USA & Women’s Team USA. The Big O Tournament was also the recipient of Travel Lane County’s 2015 Sports Leadership Award. Next year's tournament will be April 29 - May 1, 2016 at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, OR.

For more info on the Big O Tournament, (Click Here)

Photo Credit: Lon Beale / Sandboard.com

Sandboarding mirrors snowboarding except the snow-covered mountains are replaced with sand dunes. Dune Riders International is the governing body for competitive sandboarding and three of their sanctioned events each season are at Sand Master Park in Florence, Oregon.

Sand Master Park is the world's first sandboard park with 40 acres of private sculpted sand dunes. They host the longest running sandboarding competition in the world, The Sand Master Jam!  This year’s event is Saturday, July 18th and will include the current sandboarding world champion along with returning former world and national champions. The Jam kicks off at 2:00 p.m. with the rail slide, then slalom and drags, and finishes with the final rail slide competition!

For more on Sand Master Park (Click Here) or contact: info@sandboard.com

Photo Credit: Travel Lane County

 

Eugene’s Washington Jefferson Skatepark opened in April 2014 and is the nation’s largest outdoor covered skatepark. The 23,000 square foot park hosts the Northwest Jam and it's back for its second year! Local company, Tactics Boardshop, along with title sponsors Nike SB, Volcom and Independent Truck Co., will host this year's tournament on Saturday, August 22nd. The NW Jam features 60 skateboarders who are either invited or have quailified in a qualifying event. There's still time to enter a NW Jam qualifier; "Concrete Carnage" is on July 18th or "NWJ Quailifier #2" is on August 8th. NW Jam competitors are judged on their skill, style and versatility throughout the various sections of WJ park.

For more info on NW Jam (Click Here)

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Author: Angie Riley