Grind For Life 2009
Monday, April 20th, 2009

Here’s an article I recently put together for The LIST Magazine! I write a monthly column called “Sports That’ll Poke Your Eye Out!!!” Check it out!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Grind for Life 2009

I Ate Ryan Sheckler’s Nachos!!!

Mike Rogers didn’t lose an eye to skateboarding. It was to cancer. After a cranial-facial resection with a brain lift, removal of his eye, cheekbone, roof of his mouth and some teeth, the life-long skater beat cancer for the second time in his life and is back at competitive skateboarding. And he didn’t stop there. Rogers stepped it up and founded Grind for Life (grindforlife.org), an organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Can you say Kudos? How about Andy MacDonald?

Cause that’s who sits on the GFL board of directors as they host events and festivals around the nation. Holding 17 X-Games medals and 8 WCS World Championships, MacDonald has been a supporter of GFL since its inception in 2003.
The Clash at Clairemont 2009 was packed with all the goodies an event like this should have: pro skate and bmx demos, best trick contests, pro autograph session, loads of giveaways, live music and nachos. Yes, nachos. And if you weren’t there, you blew it like Ryan Sheckler, who missed his flight to San Diego and a healthy helping of cheese and chips that ended up in the belly of yours truly. Maybe next time Ryan!

Attending supporters were graced by the presence of many juicy names in skate- boarding and BMX including Duane Peters, PLG, Bucky Lasek, Jake Brown and Christian Hosoi.

I’m not gonna lie, seeing Christian Hosoi shredding the pool brought me back to the Bones Brigade days and made me want to go steal wood from a construction site and build a mini-ramp in my parents’ back yard. And yet in the midst of my skate or die nostalgia, I managed to snap a few pics…

It felt like most of San Diego was there, but if you missed it, my friends at Shred or Die shot some footage.

Oh, and there were no skateboards allowed in the park during the event. Unless your dad is a professional action sports photographer and writes for The LIST Magazine