The 2013 Florida Skateboarding Hall of Fame inductions and skate jam went off as planned at the Skate Park of Tampa. Those in attendance were excited to see so many old and new faces.
Skateboarding's Florida family gathered as we always do every two years to pay respects, and to recognize those that have pushed the sport through their efforts and influenced others who participate in the sport.
It was really good to shake the hands of Donny Myhre, Billy Beauregard, Bill Procko, Ray Showalter, Rich Rogers, Binky Conklin, Paul Schmitt, Ed Womble, Chuck Hults, Jimmy Marcus, Jim Goodrich, Chris Baucom, Chuck Dinkins, Bruce Whiteside, Walter Lewellen, John Grigley, Brian Schaefer and others at the event! Event organizers put together video images and pasted the wall with photos of skate park sessions from times past. Not everyone could make the trip this year but they were there in spirit and on cell phones.
When you see these guys all together at once you immediately realize how much skateboarding has been apart of your life over the years, and how much influence they have had on it.
Every skater has contributed a little something that makes it into the world of skateboarding. Many times you'll witness a conversation by some young skateboarders making reference to a trick or a combination of tricks, and in that moment you smile to yourself as you know who invented what they are talking about. This is why the Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame is so important. To bring to light all those little parts that make up the whole of skateboarding. To let the world know about the efforts, hard falls, sessions, victories, discoveries, and innovation that many skateboarders from the past have laid down. We congratulates this years inductees and we look forward to recognizing the next batch of Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame inductee's!
Jim Goodrich, Donny Myhre, Mike Frazier, Chuck Hults, Billy Beauregard, Keith Holien, Brian Schaefer, and Jimmy Marcus.
JG, aka John Grigley caught by the Coping Block camera's!
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