I recently moved to Albuquerque and not long after moving, I had the misfortune of getting almost all of my boards stolen. One was brand new, one was my wife's and one was a special prototype I made with my friend Justin, the man whose passing sparked the creation of this site. This board was very special to me because it was a product of our friendship and collaboration. Naturally, I was very upset. However, life goes on so I was soon looking for boards to replace my old ones. I figured I could find something by posting my dilema on the local longboarding Facebook page. I asked if anyone had equipment I could buy and immediately people were offering up their stuff. One person said they had a board and trucks they could give me, another had wheels and others just offered their help in keeping their eyes open. In not long I had a fine new setup.
The reason why all of this has made such an impact on me is because it shows not only the friendships built in skateboarding, but the community it cultivates no matter where you go. I had never met any of the people in Albuquerque who hooked me up with such a nice board. But they saw someone needed some help and gave it without a second thought. My friends in Utah understand better than most the importance of longboarding to me. They stepped up and made sure I was taken care of. This culture is what I love about skateboarding and is what I hope to see #skatetofight develop into. One where we see each others needs and reach out to meet them.
I hope this post has made sense and I hope I have been able to convey the sense of gratitude I feel for those who have not only helped me get back on a board, but have inspired me to keep my eyes more open to those around me. I have not been very diligent in the upkeep and promotion of this website and this act of kindness has in a way called me to repentance.
To our readers: We are still here and we still care. Lets all work together to keep this movement going. We all can make a difference.