While 20 middle school kids were competing in the semifinals in the halfpipe, the 25 high school competitors had just begun the semifinals on the street course at the Vans Skatepark at the Block at Orange. Overlooking it all, with a vantage point that viewed the dozens of competing skateboarders, and all the fans and families lining the upstairs railing, was Katrina Foley–the former Costa Mesa councilwoman and current NMUSD Board trustee. She's the president of the OC Skateboarding League, which was in the process of wrapping up its first year in existence.
Foley's son, Sam, is an accomplished snowboarder during the winter, and a recreational skateboarder and football player the rest of the year. She wanted to organize a skateboard team at his school. As she began talking with people and hanging out at the Volcom skate park in Costa Mesa, she realized there was interest in more than a single team. She saw other action sports like snowboarding (USASA) and surfing (NSSA) had amateur youth leagues that tied into the schools–so why not skateboarding?