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David Hall is a dad, a husband and a senior package designer for Wells Enterprises, the maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

But the 42-year-old Sioux City man seems more at home, skating at the Cook Park skateboard park.

"I've been a skateboarder for 30 years," Hall said on a hot July afternoon. "And I plan on doing this for as long as I can."

Indeed, he's been something of an advocate for Tony Hawk wannabes for more than 15 years.

Noticing a need for a local skateboard park, Hall and a few other skaters formed the nonprofit Sioux City Skateboard Association, which raised funds to build Cook Park's skateboard ramps at 505 Market St.

"This was practically a DIY project for a number of guys," he said on the ramps that have been used since 2001. "Even after 17 years, the park still gets plenty of use."

In addition, he was one of the backers behind River-Cade's second annual Andy Langin Memorial Skateboard Contest, which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cook Park Skate Park.

"Andy was a legend in the local skateboarding, art and music communities," Hall explained. "When he died (of cancer at age 40 in 2017), we knew we had to keep Andy's memory alive.'

First, Hall and many of Langin's buddies raised funds for a plaque commemorating his life.

"We worked with (Sioux City Parks and Recreation director) Matt Salvatore on that one," Hall recalled. "Matt was awesome."

Secondly, Hall wanted to establish a skateboard contest that would peak the interest of a younger generation of athletes.

"Sioux City is a good skateboarding town," he said. "It just used to have a larger skateboarding community."

Trevor Osterholt shook his head in agreement.

Like Hall, Osterholt took up skateboarding in his early teens. And just like Hall, the thrill of the sport didn't cease after adulthood.

"The difference in being a 30-year-old skateboarder is that it gets a lot harder getting up after a bad spill," Osterholt said, admitting to a laundry list of injuries suffered on behalf of his favorite activity.

"I hear ya, man," Hall added with a laugh. "I can barely move my wrist do a fall a few days ago. Your body takes more time to heal than it used to."

While Osterholt and Hall were bonding over injuries, Luke Monical was busy, attempting gravity-defying feats on his skateboard.

To be truthful, the 32-year-old had about a 50/50 percent success rate in achieving his goals.

"Well, that didn't work the way I thought it would," Monical said, philosophically. "I'll have to try it again."

Osterholt couldn't help but smile at Monical's daredevil enthusiasm.

"Luke is a true skateboarder and skateboarders, in general, have big personalities," he said. "I think it is because skateboarding is still considered a bit of an outlaw sport."

However, Osterholt said competitions like the X Games and Street League Skateboarding have help to elevate the sport. So does having household name athletes like Tony Hawk represent the sport.

"Knowing that skateboarding will be featured at the (2020) Summer Olympics will be huge for the sport," he said. "That'll be when skateboarding will really blow up."

Even though he's been a skateboarder for the past 30 years, Hall still finds the sport exciting and invigorating.

He's seen the sport gain in popularity and he's seen it wane a bit.

Still, Hall said skateboarding has become a part of the American culture.

"I know skateboarding has influenced graphic design in many ways," he noted. "Skateboarding is part of our culture and to us, skateboarders, it has become a lifestyle for us."

It is this lifestyle that will also appeal to up-and-coming skaters. This is why contests like the River-Cade competitions are so vital to the game.

"We had a great first year," he said. "This year will be even better."

Will Hall ever give up being a skateboarder? He immediately shakes his head no.

"Nah, as long as I can move, I'll be skateboarding," Hall said with a gleam in his eye. "That's for sure."

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