Under subnormal and sunless Southern California skies, the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest entertained plenty of action sports enthusiasts and played host to several of the world’s best skateboarders for the second annual Sheckler Foundation Skate for a Cause event on Saturday, May 14.
The rising charity event created by Ryan Sheckler and his family raised thousands of dollars for Autism Speaks. More than one thousand people gathered to watch the skateboarding contests and participate and enjoy the corral of vendors with games, raffles and activities.
The List of Skaters
Out in the skatepark the varied mix of skateboarders hanging out with Ryan included his brother Shane and friends and peers like Greg Lutzka, Ryan Decenzo, Fabrizio Santos, Kurtis Colamonico, Rob Dyrdek, Neal Mims, Lance Mountain, Chris Cole, David Hackett, Jay Adams, Corbin Harris, Jordan Hoffart, Chad Bartie, Jason Ellis, Curren Caples, Justin Strubing, Tony Tave, Pat Duffy, and Joey Brezinski, among many others.
All in all, the guys spent a great day skating together and assembled an awesome display of professional skateboarding for the spectators and the charities involved.
The total prize purse for all four contests throughout the afternoon totaled $15,000, and Steve Caballero kicked off the day in the Ball Park SkaterCross with a couple of “come from behind” races to charge ahead and win $3,000.
Over on the Red Bull tech center Pat Duffy spun a 540 varial across the lengthy step-up gap to collect a $4,000 check for best trick. Chris Cole had a blast and earned $4,000 with his best trick on the CCS quarterpipe section of the skatepark with a huge Indy kickflip.
Armed with a complex stack of impressive tricks including a nollie bluntslide, Ryan Decenzo rightfully seized $4,000 for the best trick on the Power Balance stairs, rails and hubba section. Each of these winners donated their winnings to Autism Speaks.
With two years of success and looking ahead, Skate for a Cause is surely becoming an honored charity gathering that truly reflects the creative spirit of skateboarding that can empower and lend financial support to those in need on our planet. Head over to the Sheckler Foundation site for more info and upcoming events.
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