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Local skater hopes for Olympics

Posted on 27 June 2012 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach’s Briley Pizzelanti hopes her Italian heritage will lead her to an Olympic medal someday in figure skating.

The 16-year-old Pizzelanti, who recently completed her sophomore year at Boca Prep International School, has a goal of getting her Italian citizenship, getting on the Italian national team and doing some competitions for them in the junior division.

“Hopefully, I will do really well for them and then maybe compete for them at the senior level and then go to Worlds in the junior and the senior division,” said Pizzelanti, who won the Junior Ladies Freestyle (Unrestricted) Division at the Sunshine State Games Figure Skating competition at the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs.

“I’d like to make the Olympics someday,” Pizzelanti said. “I love skating so much. It is such a big part of my life and, to be able to go out and skate for my country, would be amazing.”

Pizzelanti said her school schedule (10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) enables her to skate more.

“It helps a lot,” Pizzelanti said. “I am able to skate for two hours in the morning and then an hour in the afternoon. I am also able to do dryland training.

“I love everything about skating. I love being able to train really, really hard all year and then be able to go out and show everyone what I have been practicing and how hard I have been practicing all year.”

Pizzelanti, who has been skating since she was 4, struggled in the warm-ups and was noticeably upset prior to her routine. She was able to put it all behind her and skate a clean program.

“I have been working a lot on that the last couple of years,” Pizzelanti said. “My mom has also coached me on that. She says whenever you have mistakes in the warmup, the competition is a totally different event and you can’t go by what you did in the warm-up.”

There were nearly 400 skaters from around the state – the largest competition ever in the Games. “The numbers of skaters from Florida and the southeast who competed last year at the regionals was extremely large,” said Betty Stark, who has served as sports director for figure skating at the Games for the past 26 years. “I think that has helped the sport gain exposure.”

“It has highlighted the sport and now people are saying those kids from Florida are good,” Stark added. “The coaches are doing a great job and the level of skating over the years has really improved.”

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It’s Not Midnight Madness – It’s Daytime Radness

Posted on 13 October 2011 by LeslieM

Island Water Sports of Deerfield Beach was forced to cancel our 30 year running event, Midnight Madness, due to issues within the city. We were touched by all the support and feedback from the community, our friends, and fans. In response, we’re able to announce a new event – Daytime Radness.

Daytime Radness will be the largest surf & skate event in South Florida benefiting local and national charities.

Some of the highlights of this event include:

• Surf & Skate Giveaways All Day

• Van’s Goat Skate Ramp Open to Skate All Day

• Entire Store on Sale

• Denim Donations for the Homeless

• Benefit for Karen Rice & Grind for Life – Helping People with Cancer


When: October 21, 2011; 9:00am – 9:00pm

Where: Island Water Sports, 1985 NE 2lld Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441


For more information, visit: Daytime Radness www.islandwatersports.com/daytimeradness

Give Jeans a Chance www.volcom.com/givejeansachance

Benefit for Karen Rice www.facebook.com/event.php?eid= 144962048935067

Grind for Life www.grindforlife.org


Founded in 1978, at Island Water Sports surfing is not just our business, it’s our blood. We are owned and operated by second and third generation surfers and skateboarders. Kirk Cottrell opened the shop in 1978. His kids, Cheyne, Karly and Linsey took their first steps inside the store. They now oversee the operations of the business and continue to uphold the commitment to serving the South Florida community.

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