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Legends Of Skateboarding Honor Friend At Get Rad For Ray
June 27, 2016

Legends Of Skateboarding Honor Friend At Get Rad For Ray

Tony Hawk and friends put on thrilling performance to benefit Ray Underhill Foundation.

Tony Hawk stalls an invert over the bowl at Kennesaw Skatepark in Georgia, honoring his friend with a first-place finish in the Get Rad For Ray Invitational competition. Photo: Brian Twitty/@shootbt

Tony Hawk stalls an invert over the bowl at Kennesaw Skatepark in Georgia, honoring his friend with a first-place finish in the Get Rad For Ray Invitational competition. Photo: Brian Twitty/@shootbt

27 June 2016 (Kennesaw, GA) – The spirit of Ray Underhill was everpresent at Kennesaw Skatepark on Sunday, June 19. Even before Tony Hawk and an all-star roster of pro skaters took to the bowl in the afternoon, the inclusive event that saw new skaters get instruction and local novices showing their best in the amateur competition gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of skateboarding. And for those who didn’t get a chance to ride earlier in the day, the pros put on a show in the bowl that afternoon, demonstrating the skill and joy that characterized their friend.

Hawk and friends organized NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skateshop to celebrate the life and legacy of Ray Underhill, a member of the infamous Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s, and a teammate of Hawk’s. After a long battle with Chordoma, a rare but relentless spinal cancer, Underhill passed in 2008. Proceeds from the event benefited the Ray Underhill Foundation, which assists families affected by Chordoma.

“Ray was a great friend, and this is our best way to honor him,” said Hawk. “All the skaters who came out to participate made it truly unique and a blast for spectators.”

The crowd's enthusiasm energized the session. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

The crowd’s enthusiasm energized the session. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

The 80s-themed Legends skate jam included Hawk, Mike McGill, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Staab, Ben Raybourn, Brighton Zeuner, Lester Kasai, Mike Rogers, Brad McClain, Donny Griffin, and Lizzie Armanto, who were joined by the winners of the earlier amateur events: Pete Kelly, Jay Wooten, and Ronan Livingston.

In addition to the skate clinic and competitions, NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skateshop featured a festival village with food and activities, where guests could also visit the Ray Underhill Foundation booth and participate in the raffle, the grand prize of which was Hawk’s personal skateboard that he rode that day.

“It was such an amazing day in memory of Ray!” said Kerry Overman, Underhill’s widow and President of the Ray Underhill Foundation. “We were overwhelmed by the love and support of all the people in Kennesaw, and so thankful to Tony, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the amazing skaters, old and new friends, and all of the sponsors! Thank you so much for keeping Ray’s memory alive! We are truly so blessed and we know Ray was shining down on that beautiful day!”

While the event was more about skating together, the competition format brought the best out of each participant, with Hawk taking top honors in the Invitational Bowl Jam. A series of Special Awards were also presented to those who performed the best maneuvers that Underhill was known for, as well as the Spirit Of Ray award, which the Underhill family presented to two-time cancer survivor Mike Rogers for best exemplifying the positive spirit that Ray was known for.

“I hope that Get Rad For Ray will become a regular East Coast bowl event for top pros,” said Hawk. “Next year we plan to bring it to Ray’s hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, where it can continue to grow.”

NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skateshop was made possible by the City Of Kennesaw, Georgia, MINI Of Kennesaw, SkyZone, and TheBoardr.com. For more information about the Ray Underhill Foundation, visit http://bit.ly/291Umr9.

NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skate Shop Results

Invitational

  1. Tony Hawk
  2. Jake Wooten
  3. Ben Raybourn
  4. Aaron “Jaws” Homoki
  5. Brad McClain
  6. Kevin Staab
  7. Lester Kasai
  8. Mike McGill
  9. Donny Griffin
  10. Mike Rogers
  11. Lizzie Armanto
  12. Brighton Zeuner
  13. Ronan Livingston
  14. Pete Kelly

Longest Lip Trick – Brad McClain
Best Invert – Lizzie Armanto
Best Stalefish – Aaron “Jaws” Homoki
Spirit Of Ray – Mike Rogers
Flow Bowl Jam, 36 And Up

  1. Pete Kelly
  2. David Malachi
  3. Jeremiah Johnson
  4. Will Boatwright
  5. Josh Silpe

Flow Bowl Jam, 15–35

  1. Jay Wooten
  2. Josh Viles
  3. Eli Reams
  4. Kollin Schanley
  5. Carlos Lara
  6. Jordan Richardson
  7. Drew Silpe
  8. Brady Moreland
  9. Corey Chestnut
  10. Billy Christian

Flow Bowl Jam, 14 And Under

  1. Ronan Livingston
  2. Alex Loftus
  3. Landon Brown
  4. Tyler Loftus
  5. Ghelbi Bastin
  6. Fenn Farnum
  7. Ben Lewis
  8. Slade Hall
  9. Acen Hadjinitchev
  10. Hank Johnson
  11. Kai Connary
  12. Jay Rochester

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Ray Underhill Foundation

The Ray Underhill Foundation raises money to help families that are affected by Chordoma and other cancers, to help them cover expenses that are not paid for by health insurance or government funding. The organization was established in memory of Ray Underhill, a father, husband, friend, and professional skateboarder who passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Chordoma: http://bit.ly/291Umr9

Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. For more information, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

Nixon
Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in over 90 countries, Nixon’s product range has grown to include select softgoods, leather goods, custom audio products and more. For more information, please visit Nixon.com.

Kennesaw Skate Shop
Located across the street from the skatepark, Kennesaw Skate Shop serves skaters of all types and abilities. A wide selection of top brands includes everything for street or vert skating, longboarding, and definitely whatever you need for a visit to Kennesaw Skatepark. Visit Kennesaw Skate Shop at 3115 Old 41 Hwy NW · (404) 323-3666, or online at KennesawSkateShop.com.

Kennesaw Skatepark
Kennesaw Skatepark consists of an all-concrete Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Foundation Certified Skate Plaza, as well as a backyard bowl and competition flow course. At 40,000 square feet, the free-to-skate, public facility is one of the largest in the southeast and draws skaters from across the region. The park was designed by SLS founder Rob Dyrdek and SITE Design Group, and built by California Skateparks. Kennesaw Skatepark opened in November 2013 and is located inside Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw, Georgia. The park is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm. For more information, visit skatekennesaw.com.

The Boardr
The Boardr is a group of friends specializing in what they have loved since first sight—Skateboarding. They create and run fun, authentic events, both large and small. Some of the events go down in their TF, but the majority are around Florida, the US, and abroad. The Boardr staff are good at the boring stuff, too, which isn’t boring to them: Project management, marketing and branding, custom software apps, management and representation, and more. The Boardr is committed to pushing skateboarding on all levels. For more information, visit TheBoardr.com.

Ben Raybourn and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki kicked up the fun with a spontaneous doubles routine. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

Ben Raybourn and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki kicked up the fun with a spontaneous doubles routine. Photo: Miki Vuckovich