Red Bull Brings Its Triple Set Skateboarding Competition to October's First Friday

October's First Friday art walk is going to be full of eye candy. In addition to new exhibitions and openings of new art spaces on Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue, next month's edition of the event will feature the long-awaited return of eye-popping skateboarding stunts to Roosevelt Row.

Red Bull will be bringing its popular Triple Set skateboard showcase and competition to First Friday on October 7. 

More than 50 local amateur skaters will perform mid-air tricks for cash prizes at the event, which will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the monthly A.R.T.S. Project.

The last time the trendy energy drink company brought a skateboarding shindig to First Friday was in September 2009, when it held its Manny Mania competition at Fifth and Roosevelt streets. While that event involved participants performing tricks while balancing on their back wheels, the Triple Set will require them to catch some air.

The competition will feature skaters making big jumps over a three sets of stairs (referred to as a "triple set" staircase) while busting out with some mid-air moves. It's inspired by similar trickery that's regularly staged by pro skateboarders like Paul Rodriguez at a triple set near the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California.

Red Bull will install a custom-built set of staircases for the event and participants will be judged on the quality of their tricks. The winners who finish first through third get cash prizes and bragging rights. The losers get to sulk and wonder about what coulda been if only they'd landed that mid-air stunt.

The Red Bull Triple Set will take place on Friday, October 7, at 402 East Roosevelt Street. Registration and an open practice takes place at 7 p.m. and competition begins at 9 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.