STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Young scooter enthusiasts arrived early Thursday afternoon at 5050 Skatepark on the Stapleton waterfront to practice tricks and await the arrival of three pros from the California-based AO Scooter team, including Brooklyn hometown boy Zig Short.
AO Scooter’s “Summer Sweltour” has the company’s pros visiting nine East Coast venues, including 5050, Staten Island’s only indoor skatepark.
Stapleton resident Aidan Sanchez-Campo, 15, was one of the scooter riders waiting to meet and watch the trio of pros “shred” — slang for riding intensely.
“I started riding scooters in 2011 because it was different,” said Aidan, who will enter his sophomore year at New Dorp High School and rides at 5050 Skatepark every day. “Everybody was on skateboards or BMX (bicycle motocross). Scooters grew as a sport, and it’s cool to see how it happened and to be a part of it.”
Giacomo Pares, 11, and his best friend, Hayden Waxman, 12, came all the way from Scotch Plains, N.J., to meet and watch the three pros.
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