Skaters converge on Houston for a good cause.
On November 13, 1999 more than 60 of the world's best skateboarders came together to support a great cause. For the third time in as many years, the Texas Skate Jam was held at the South Side Skatepark in Houston. Thanks to South Shore Distribution's Damien Herbert, the event has not only been pumping life into the Texas skate scene, but also helping grant wishes to terminally ill children.
As a fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast, the Jam has successfully generated almost 30,000 dollars over the past three years, with this year's benefit raising over 13,000 dollars. For those of you unfamiliar with the work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they're a nonprofit organization that makes the sometimes far-fetched wishes of kids suffering from life-threatening diseases come true.
Skaters like Kenny Anderson, Malcolm Watson, Chris Gentry, Vanik Hacobian, Jon Comer, Max Schaaf, Colt Cannon, Cairo Foster, Justin Strubing, Brian Howard, Forrest Kirby, Anthony Correa, Todd Jordan, Felix Arguelles, Ed Selego, Phillip Vaughan, and others showed up to strut their stuff for charity. Some standouts included Danny Montoya (tons of tech, including a pop shove to nosegrind down the rail), Carlos de Andrade (fancy footwork on the mini ramp), and Mike Vallely (a real crowd pleaser, show me a session where Mike V. doesn't stand out!).
Despite the fact that the South Side Skatepark is one of the biggest and best in the country, the session grew so big it was almost too crowded at times–few parks have the capacity to hold as many skaters and spectators as the demo draws. The event had a good feel, though, and everyone seemed to make the best of it.
Special thanks go out to all the skaters, sponsors, and volunteers who came out to help make dreams come true.–Jeff Taylor
–For more info about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, check out their Web site at www.wish.org.