UF wins two divisions at NCSA National Championship.

The National Collegiate Skimboarding Association's 2010 National Championship drew about 10 teams to Vilano Beach, Fla., on April 10 and 11, for what NCSA founder Jesse Lash described as the biggest event in the history of collegiate skimboarding.

The two-day contest was actually a combination of the rescheduled Flatland Fun Fest and the national championship and was the last chance for teams to boost their contest point totals before the national champion was chosen.

In the end, the University of South Florida team, with a point total more than double that of any other team, was crowned the champion.

UF Skim Club president Jacob Lepera said he was very impressed with the USF team's performance.

"USF had two pros on their team, and they just came out of nowhere with this massive team," he said. "And it was their first year entering, so it was really cool to see that kind of growth."

Although the UF team missed out on the national championship title this year, the club did not go home empty-handed. UF team rider Bobby Sowalsky went all out for the Flatland Fun Fest and won the contest for the best trick.

For his efforts, he picked up a $100 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Utah to compete in another flatland skim contest.

Mary Lepa, a UF sophomore, also won first place in the women's division.

She said her win came unexpectedly, but that she was very excited about it and also enjoyed the atmosphere of the contest in general.

"It was a really nice, chill day at beach," she said. "It wasn't super competitive, and it was more of a friendly atmosphere."

NCSA founder Jesse Lash said that was exactly the kind of contest he had hoped for.

"Skimboarding events in general are just really fun to be at because there's just so many people that are there who all love skimboarding," he said. "It's just a really exciting environment to be in."