Bethel Welcomes First ISSA-Sanctioned Skateboarding Competition

Bethel College will host the first Epic International Skate Fest on Saturday, Sept. 26. Sponsored by the Bethel College Longboard Association and Epic Church, skaters from at least six states will compete in several categories like Hybrid Slalom and Downhill Slide. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends with awards at 5 p.m.

Peter Metzger, Bethel senior and coordinator of the event, says skateboarding among the student body has skyrocketed in recent years at Bethel. He hopes to bring more awareness to slalom skating through this event.

“It’s a type of skating I see growing in our part of the country and I wanted to provide a place for it to happen. I also wanted this to be an opportunity for people to try out slalom and witness many types of skating,” says Metzger.

This is a spectator free event where audience applause will judge some contests. Anyone can compete and those who want to can sign up for a small fee. For more information, contact Peter Metzer at

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.