‘Beaches, Boobs & Boards’
Skateboarders Cruise the Boardwalks of L.A.
to Help Fund Breast Cancer Research
Story & photos by Chad Thomas
Saturday, Aug 30th began as a hazy morning in Southern California for the start of the second annual Skate the Coast (STC). Some of the haze was due to the marine layer. The rest of the fog was thanks to all the Pabst Blue Ribbon and Red Bull from the registration party hosted by Arbor the previous evening in Venice Beach. Seventy-five longboarders gathered at 7:30am to invade 18 miles of the beach towns from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach.
STC began as an extension of Skate the Lake, a fundraiser benefiting Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). Skate the Lake (and STC) was created in 2005 by Lake Tahoe locals’ Curt Sterner & Tahoe Longboards founder Chuck “Buckley” Vogt after both men’s mothers where diagnosed with the life-threatening disease. With this trauma hitting so close to home, both men realized the urgency of education & early detection and took it upon themselves to get the message out to as many people as possible.
This B4BC benefit had pro skaters like Arbor’s Andrew Brinkman (thanks for the ride brother) & the previously mentioned Buckley chillin’ with pro shredders like Monix’s’ Allison Hardy & musician Emily Tessmer -all together to support their love of breasts (& skating). A truly great mix of people made this an extraordinary event, which I feel blessed to have been a part of. Seriously, name one thing besides boobs that can get 75 skaters out of bed at 7:30 am…I can’t think of any. By the time the crew gathered at the finish around 3pm it was sunny with a nice onshore breeze –exactly what you would expect from a day at the beach. STC is a perfect example of how two people can make a huge impact. This years Skate the Lake and STC saw a combined 225 participants, raised $9,000, and was seen on Fuel TV as well as Grind TV and now this fine publication.
Early detection of breast cancer is the key, get educated & get checked. Also, if every person who reads this donates $1 and tells twenty friends-then they do the same there is no telling how many lives will be saved. Whether you have boobs or are just a really big fan of them, get involved. Go to skatethelake.org or b4bc.org and help. The life you save could be your own. This all too common disease will see one-million women diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.
A huge thanks to the Arbor Family, Tahoe Longboards and Sector9 for their generosity and support.
To see more photos of Skate the Coast ’08 go to myspace.com/chadthomasphotography.com
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