Bat Boy wants a Halloween Jam and who are we to say no to Bat Boy? Poor kid looks like a Bat. Due to the early setting sun we decided to try it on the Sunday before Halloween this year. This way everyone can actually see their board. Sure it won't be as dangerous, but i guess it will make the costume judging easier. As always YOU MUST WEAR A COSTUME TO PARTICIPATE!
What a day. Slightly overcast and in the 70's - perfect skate weather. One of my favorite parks. A great cause - Roll For Rob: to help local rep and his family in his treatment of ALS. Fantastic turnout. Got to see many of the wonderful reps we get to work with, some of whom i only get to see once a year or so in person. Incredible skating by locals and pros alike. Oh yeah, and 3 of my biggest skate influences were all together!
i've been fortunate enough to get to not just meet, but work with many great skaters that i've looked up to and been inspired by over the years. Every so often i need to take a step back from text messaging about orders and shop stuff to just remind myself - i used to watch this guy's video parts all the time. There's always going to be some duds, but overwhelmingly the people you get to work with in the skate industry are pretty great. From reps to pros to product designers we're all pursuing what we love so interactions are typically enjoyable. Best job i've ever had.
That being said, every once in a while i do end up with someone that i just can't help but fanboy over. When i turned around and noticed that Jim Thiebaud, Mark Gonzales, and Mike Vallely where all standing together - the big 3 of my teen skating years - i geeked out. i hate asking people to take pictures with me but really? When will these 3 be together where i am? i asked Ryan (Vans) who i was chatting with if he'd mind snapping a pick, "Of course!" he replied. He knew just what i was going through.
What a day. Even if you couldn't make the event this weekend you can still help Rob and his family out via GoFundMe. Thank you skateboarding.
This weekend are this year's Roll For Rob fundraising events. Rob was the New England rep for Emerica and Deluxe (Spitfire, Real, Anti Hero, Krooked, Thunder) and has ALS. Since his diagnosis the skate community has rallied to help him and his family. This Fri is a fundraising art show at Orchard Skate Shop in Allston and this Sat there will be a series of events at the Lynch Family Skate Park in Boston (see flyers below for more info). Come out and have fun doing what we love all to help out one of our own: Rob. We hope to see you there! -Tom