Board AID 5

Breaking all records set at the four previous Board AID events, Board AID 5 hosted over 9,000 people and raised 150,000 dollars for LIFEbeat, an AIDS resource and awareness organization. The one-day festival attracted music fans, skateboarders, snowboarders, and celebrity gawkers to Bear Mountain Resort, where pros Andy Macdonald, Brian Patch, Bob Burnquist, Matt Moffett, Chuck Wampler, Rodrigo “Digo” Menezes, Chris Gentry, and others demoed the vert ramp.

The 24-foot demo ramp was set up by Dave Duncan and crew on the snow in the festival area. The ramp was sessioned all day and featured a Best Trick contest, won by Bob Burnquist for his switch frontside one-footed airs (switch aerial frontside boneless), among other things.

Snowboarding events, sponsor booths, and six bands, including Offspring, The Specials, Royal Crown Revue, One Hit Wonder, Steel Pulse, and Wyclef Jean also entertained the crowd. Between sets, LIFEbeat spokespeople talked about AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) prevention. HIV is a viral infection that can lead to AIDS.

LIFEbeat’s goals are to prevent the transmission of HIV and help young people living with HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers For Disease Control, AIDS is now the leading cause of death in all Americans aged 25 to 44; 25 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S. are estimated to occur in young people ages thirteen to 21; it is estimated that nearly two Americans between thirteen and 21 are infected with HIV every hour of every day.

Warp magazine teamed up with LIFEbeat in 1994 to launch the first Board AID. Since then, Board AID events in the U.S. and Europe have raised 675,000 dollars for LIFEbeat. This year Andermatt, Switzerland hosted the first European Board AID, and officials hope to expand the program to include licensed Board AID events in Australia and Japan.