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Skateboarding world championship coming to Jacksonville
06/17/2021 7:39am

Skateboarding world championship coming to JacksonvilleNews StaffThu, 06/17/2021 - 08:39 am As the home of the nations oldest skate park, Jacksonville has been selected as host of the inaugural Street League Skateboarding SLS World Championship the weekend of Nov. 13, transforming Riverfront Plaza into the ultimate skateboard playground for a weekend.As a community that has been involved in skateboarding from its earliest days, we are excited to host the inaugural Street League Skateboarding World Championship, said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. We look forward to welcoming fans from around the world to our downtown and showcasing all of the great things that Jacksonville has to offer on the world stage.SLS brings 25 of the worlds best skateboarders together in a competitive battle for the largest amount of prize money in professional skateboarding. The SLS features some of the sports best skaters like Nyjah Huston and Chris Joslin. The SLS promotes competitive street skating and allows for an accessible way into the sport for all forms of fans.We are pleased to bring the 2021 SLS World Championship to Jacksonville, said Thrill One Chief Commercial and Communications Officer Steve Ziff. The growth of SLS continues each year and, with skateboard in the Olympics, we look forward to having those athletes join the competition later in 2021 in a world class facility built specifically for this event on the banks of the St. Johns River.Founded in 2010 by skater, entrepreneur and television personality Rob Dyrdek, SLS aims to bring skateboarding and its acceptance to a global level. Since its inception, Dyrdek and his team have brought SLS all over the globe.Thanks to all of the support from Mayor Curry, the city of Jacksonville, Visit Jacksonville and the Tourist Development Council, we are proud to bring this world championship to downtown, said Alan Verlander, founder and CEO of Airstream Ventures. We are fortunate to have such a beautiful space in our downtown that we look forward to transforming into a premier skateboard competition venue that will provide a first class fan experience.The SLS World Tour event will be held at Riverfront Plaza in Jacksonville, located along the St. Johns River downtown. This will be the first time the league has come to the River City. Each SLS skatepark is unique in its design, all of which are created by Dydrek and Joe Ciaglia of California Skateparks.Our team at Visit Jacksonville is proud to host all of the visiting fans from Street League Skateboarding and introduce them to our great city, said Michael Corrigan, CEO of Visit Jacksonville. This event showcases our destination in a new light, and we look forward to providing a first class visitor experience around this world championship event. Section Sports

DONNA Marathon taking place in Jacksonville Beach in 2022
06/17/2021 7:36am

DONNA Marathon taking place in Jacksonville Beach in 2022News StaffThu, 06/17/2021 - 08:36 am By Liza Mitchell, Contributor The 15thanniversary of the DONNA Marathon will take place in the heart of Jacksonville Beach. City officials June 14 pledged to move forward in support of the recent request to host the annual fundraising event for breast cancer the weekend of Feb. 12-13, 2022.Lathan Plaza and the Seawalk Pavilion will serve as the staging area for the Athletes Village with vendor, sponsor and participant tents. City Manager Mike Staffopoulos briefed the City Council on the details of hosting such a popular event that draws thousands of runners each year. The Sunday race would begin and end in Jacksonville Beach.Knowing this is something that has never happened in the past in terms of the origination in our community, it was a good idea to get council input before the DONNA Foundation started the process for applying for a special events permit, he said, noting that the dates are already blocked off on the citys special events calendar to manage the events typical impact on the city. Jacksonville Beach Police also has a contingency of officers scheduled along the route. As far as actually managing the race, its not a tremendous increase in what we usually do.Councilor Sandy Golding is an avid runner who has participated in previous DONNA races. She said hosting the marathon in Jacksonville Beach presents an opportunity for citizens to get involved and show support for the runners along the route.I think its a great idea personally. I think we have a great venue for that, she said. This is a fantastic event.Mayor Pro-Tem Cory Nichols expressed concerns over the current political bid for event founder Donna Deegan, who announced her candidacy for Jacksonville mayor.Donna is getting very political and she definitely leans very hard in one direction. I think there are people in our community who are not politically aligned with her. The more she becomes political, the more it affects this great event, he said. If it was a couple weeks before the election, it could be beneficial for her from a political standpoint which I wouldnt think would be fair to other candidates.The election, which will be held in March 2023, should not have any impact on the DONNA Marathon, according to Jacksonville Beach Mayor Chris Hoffman.I think she knows to be very careful about aligning her political stance with her non-profit because that could violate their federal tax exemption, she said. Breast cancer crosses parties and I hope that wouldnt be something that would prevent us from supporting it. I think she is smart enough to rise above politics in order to work on this mission since she started it long before she was involved in politics. I am very much in support of this event.On Saturday, Feb. 12, 1st Street will be closed between Second Avenue North and Beach Boulevard. The route will start on 1st Street between the SeaWalk Pavilion and Latham Plaza. Runners will travel toward 4th Street down the boardwalk near the pier parking lot.Staffopoulos said organizers will modify the end route because of ongoing construction at the fishing pier and Springhill Suites Hotel at the former Pier Cantina Restaurant.The last thing we want is to have runners trying to traverse a construction zone, he said. The goal is to have it start and end at the SeaWalk Pavilion. Section Sports

Summer camps include surfing
06/13/2021 8:48pm

Summer camps include surfingNews StaffSun, 06/13/2021 - 09:48 pm East Coast Boarding School is a surf school located in Ponte Vedra Beach offering surfing lessons to all ages. Visit www.eastcoastboardingschool.com for information on pricing and camp options. Jax Cooking Studio is offering a hands-on summer camp to teach kids how to make their own recipes and to become experts in the kitchen. Prices are $315 a week. Camp is available for ages 6 and above. Visit jaxcookingstudio.com/summer-camps-for-children for more information. The Atlantic Beach Arts Market, 1805 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, will have childrens art camp for ages 5 through 10 June 21 through June 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the cost is $175. Call 904-372-7442 for information. Looking for an opportunity that will allow your children a chance to explore the outdoors and gain valuable educational experience Registration is now open for St. Johns County Parks and Recreations summer exploration camps. Camp for kids ages 5 to 8 will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 through 6. Camp for kids ages 9 to 12 will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 through 13. Camp for kids in grades six through nine will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 19 through 23. Campers will explore local ecosystems, study native wildlife and attend a variety of field trips. Email sjcparksandrecsjcfl.us for more information. August freshwater fish camp will be offered through St. Johns County Parks and Recreation in August. Registration is now available for the educational, week-long summer camp designed to teach children freshwater fishing skills and boater safety. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 through Aug. 6, campers will have the opportunity to experience fishing with proper bait and tackle, learn different ways to handle and clean fish for cooking, and explore the habitat and biology of fish. To be eligible, campers must have completed sixth grade. Campers will receive one rod/reel and a tackle box full of freshwater tackle to keep after camp is finished. For more information, email ahaluskysjcfl.us or call 904-209-0348. Registration is open for students 7 to 14 for Theatre Jacksonvilles Make Believe summer theater arts camp. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The camp will run July 12 through 30. The cost is $600 per camper, with extended day hours offered from 2 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $300 per session. To register for Make Believe summer camp, visit www.theatrejax.com or call 904-396-4425. The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve GTM offers Adventures in the Estuary summer camp. Estuary and ecology camp weeks will be limited to 15 campers per session with masks and six-foot social distancing required. Dates are June 22 through 24, Research Camp, ages 13 to 15 June 28 through July 2, Estuary Camp, ages 10 to 12 July 12 through 16, Ecology Camp, ages6 to 9 and July 26-30, Ecology Camp, ages10 to 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and camp is being held at the GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Visit www.gtmnerr.org for more information. The Bolles School summer camp runs through August. The summer camp is open to pre-kindergarten children through 12th-graders. Programming starts at $185 a week. For more information, visit www.bolles.org/activities/summer-programs.&nbsp The Discovery School offers a variety of educational, athletic and creative camps for ages 3 through 14. Price varies by each individual program. Camps will run through July 31. Visit www.thediscoveryschool.org/programs/summer-camp for more information. Tommy Hulihan Basketball is offering sports camp, basketball camp, basketball training and basketball league this summer. Price varies by individual camp. Camps run through late July. For more information, visit www.tommyhulihanbasketball.com.&nbsp Saltwater Cowgirls is an all-female surf camp in Jacksonville Beach for girls between the ages of 7 and 16. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. through early August. Visit saltwatercowgirlssurf.com/surf-camp for more information. Jax Surf and Paddle Surf Camp runs through August. The camp is open to any child age 6 to 16 who is able to swim. Prices vary for basic and advanced camps. Visit jacksonvillesurfandpaddle.com/pages/kids-camps for more information. Section Sports

Boat ramps likely to be busy this weekend
06/10/2021 7:51am

Boat ramps likely to be busy this weekendNews StaffThu, 06/10/2021 - 08:51 am Captain Phil Kelly and the crew of the Time Served with the winning fish from last weeks Meat Mayhem.photo submitted By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org First off, congratulations to local team Time Served for taking the win in the St. Augustine Meat Mayhem Kingfish Tournament. Awesome seeing a local crew in a local made Frontrunner center console take the winWith the Old School Kingfish Shootout approaching rapidly its time for any last-minute preparations or hunting down Ribbonfish. If you still want in on the fun last day registration available this afternoon at the captains meeting. They will be having two separate captains meetings for this event, both today at the St. Augustine Fish House and Oyster Bar. The first one will be at 4 p.m. and the last at 7 p.m., someone from each boat must attend one to pick up bags and boat numbers.If you havent heard of this tournament its still relatively new but the beach format is already becoming a favorite among local anglers. The 3-mile state waters restriction keeps a level playing field for smaller boats and eliminates some of the advantage the huge tournament focused rigs have in the Greater Jax where the ledge and Elton Bottom have become the hot zones to fish 50-60 miles offshore. With last years winning fish being caught by a family in a skiff off Jax beach anyone knows they have a shot at the big check in this event.Looking ahead at the forecast, todays breezy conditions should back off some as wind shifts to the South WestFriday and slowly clocks to the north by Sunday. It looks like both days should be fishable on the beach. Bait on the beach has been hit or miss, be prepared to put some time in looking for Pogies, it might be a one and done at the poles day or it might be a run back and forth to Red Tops and have to catch them off the sonar in 25ft day. Ribbonfish always become hot commodities this time of year and if youre still in the market be prepared to scramble and probably send a team member on a drive to hunt them down. Local options are B and M, Strike Zone, Resellers Reef, and Avid Angler but the chance of getting Ribbonfish from any of them this late in the game is low.With nice weather, our local schools wrapping up for summer, and multiple tournaments this weekend prepare for busy boat ramps. If you are not fishing at dawn it might be a better weekend to wait until 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to launch, let the first wave finish up. The parking lots will be slammed by 7 a.m. and chaos by 9 a.m. once the day use boaters start piling in. Be safe and have fun out there this weekend. The inshore fishing is still hot and we will catch back up on that in next weeks report.For any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch to be featured in a future report send an email to Chrisfishjax.org. Section Sports

Fletcher lacrosse ball wall dedicated to Maggie Paxton
06/05/2021 7:48am

Fletcher lacrosse ball wall dedicated to Maggie PaxtonNews StaffSat, 06/05/2021 - 08:48 am Friends and teammates gather to dedicate ball wall to Maggie Paxton. photo by Liza Mitchell Friends and teammates of a former Fletcher High School lacrosse player killed last year in a hit-and-run accident gathered recently on the teams practice field to dedicate a ball wall in her memory. The family of Margaret Maggie Paxton donated the wall to continue her legacy for future generations of athletes.For Maggie, its a way to honor her and just always knowing that shes still going to be there, said Paxtons younger sister, Holly, who joined the lacrosse team this year in memory of Maggie.Paxton, 18, was struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene Dec. 9 while crossing University Boulevard in Gainesville. A GoFundMe established for her family raised $34,461. The Paxton family decided to put the funds toward installing the wall, painted in Senator Purple and emblazoned with a quote Paxton shared often with her teammates. Progress over Perfection captured the way she lived her life, said Holly.She was really open about mental health and how its OK not to be OK, she said. She was my best friend and role model in life.Paxton was a gifted athlete and played lacrosse at Fletcher High School and as a member of the Jacksonville FC. She earned the nickname Pitbull during her freshman year and was quickly promoted to the varsity team. Many of the students who participated in the dedication wore jerseys with Maggies number 12.It feels really good just to see how many people support her and seeing that physical wall there just shows how much everyone loved her, said Holly. Its just a good way to show who Maggie was and how she affected everyone. I just hope they remember her spirit, how she carried herself and how she never gave up.Though she had never picked up a stick, the younger Paxton persevered on the field much like her sister. Playing the same sport that Maggie loved helped her process her loss and feel closer to her out on the field, wearing her sisters number 12.I thought it was a good idea to make myself feel better, just to feel closer to her and have a good way to keep her legacy alive, said Paxton. This was my first time ever picking up a stick at all. My teammates made it a lot better and it was a good experience.During the May 26 dedication ceremony, Paxtons aunt, Ann Von Thron, remembered her niece as a beautiful young lady who wrote thank you notes after a sleepover. When she left her hostess position at RP McMurphys, she delivered a handwritten letter that impressed owner Bill Cissel so much, he posted it on the wall.When you walk by this wall, I want you to remember that you have a choice to give away love, Von Thron said. You will change this school, youll change this community, youll change this nation, youll change this world.Paxton was a natural resources and conservation junior who was described by her peers as compassionate, courageous, and vibrant. Friend and teammate Kendall Kelly said Paxton was the kind of person you could always depend on to have your back and lift your spirits. Another classmate remembered her by her indomitable spirit, remarking, above all else, Maggie was fearless, welcoming adversity and tackling challenges with vigor and passion.Said Kelly, There are no words that can fully describe the loss our community has suffered. Maggie was and always will be an outstanding leader and loyal teammate, whose impact on the Beaches is everlasting.The intersection where Paxton was struck is a common crosswalk for students and an entrance to Ben Griffin Stadium. Police are still working to identify the suspect who was driving a BMW Sedan that fled the scene. According to a wrongful death suit filed Feb. 24 by the Paxton family, the vehicle was eventually found at Best Motor Works with blood and damage on the hood of the car. Section Sports

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