| It's apparent that Trinidad, Colorado
has one of the coolest skate parks in the world. At least according to Tony Hawk,
grand master of the half pipe and known for his aerial acrobatics. Tony visited
Trinidad's Southside Skate Park and ranked it in his top ten skate park list. The
15,000-square-foot concrete skate park facility was completed in May of 2003 and
has amassed rave reviews from even its toughest critics — skateboarders, who described
its layout as "awesome". Now that the skate park is considered "world class," there
are serious discussions underway to enhance the park with improvements such as benches,
tables, outdoor grills, brickwork and lush landscaping.
In 2004, Mirek and Lisa
Maez saw this incredible skate park as their opportunity to open a skate shop. Since
then, their support for the sport has turned into a full time business. Droppin’
In Skate Shop carries a wide assortment of hard gear including skateboards, wheels,
helmets, pads, and soft gear such as skateboard shoes, clothing, magazines and posters.
The Maez family continues to promote the sport through their involvement in RIP
(Ride in Peace), a local bike, skateboard and roller blade group. RIP is an active
organization that provides free skateboard and bike workshops at Southside Skate
Park, hosts safety seminars, and is involved in the annual RIP Games — a sport competition.
"We've been keeping an eye on things at the skate park to bring in events and competition
for the kids," explained Lisa. Coming in August, the seventh Annual RIP Games (formerly
known as Trinidad X-Games) will attract skaters, boarders, and bikers from points
as far away as Albuquerque and Denver to compete for prizes in several different
divisions. Stop by the shop to learn more about skating activities, events, and
check out the cool gear. Hours are spring, fall, winter from noon until 6 p.m. and
summer, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Droppin' In Skate Shop
200 Elm Street
Trinidad, CO 81082