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Young Entrepreneurs Strike Again

This is Delilah.Delilah Pitbull

She is a Pit Bull.

She has no ears.

They were cut off because she was a

Bait Dog

For Dog Fights.

But now,

She lives in New Jersey with

Tommy Gehringer.

14-year-old creator of PitBull Skate Lab.

Gehringer explained that he has always had a passion for helping animals. Combine that with his love of skateboarding and you have  PitBull Skate Lab.

“PitBull Skate Lab is a non-profit skateboarding company that was created for one reason… to help spread the awareness of pit bull abuse and abandonment,” Gehringer said.

He believes that Pit Bulls are the most stereotyped and misunderstood breed of dog. He says that just because they are the most common breed used for fighting, does not mean they are more vicious than any other breed of dog.

He describes the anger he’s felt when walking his dog and another owner turns to walk their dog away from his. That is why awareness of Pit Bulls, as much as contribution to abused Pit Bulls, is his main goal with PitBull Skate Lab.

How PitBull Skate Lab works

Step 1: Visit the PitBull Skate Lab website

Step 2: Choose between

  • 8 skateboard decks, including one that says “F**k Vick” and “Blame the deed, not the breed.” Each deck is $44.99.
  • or a longboard for $64.99
  • or 4 types of grip tape, including psychedelic tie-dye, for $19.99 for 9×33 inches.

Step 3: 100% of PitBull Skate Lab’s proceeds is given to Pit Bull rescue organizations

What is BoardPushers?

BoardPushers is a Colorado company that creates decks and grip tape for organizations such as PitBull Skate Lab. These organizations design the products, but the customers are still essentially buying from BoardPushers, with some of the proceeds going to the organization they bought through.

For example, PitBull Skate Lab:

Gehringer has designed the decks and grip tape, but does not buy them until you place an order. In this way, he does not have to front any money and can give 100% of the proceeds (after BoardPushers has taken out its cut) to Pit Bull rescue organizations.

The Future for PitBull Skate Lab

Gehringer is currently promoting his organization through local skate parks and word-of-mouth. He hopes to raise over $1,000 for a Pit Bull rescue organization.

He is considering creating PitBull Skate Lab T-shirts as well. If he was to create T-shirts, then he would need to use 5% of is proceeds to order them, rather than giving that straight to Pit Bull rescue organizations. Although, T-shirts may in the long run generate more donations because T-shirts are more likely to sell.

You can also find PitBull Skate Lab on Facebook.

*In my initial interview with Gehringer, I failed to ask exactly how much money is leftover after BoardPushers takes out its cut and exactly which Pit Bull rescue organization he gives his profits too. I have emailed him back and will have that information up soon.

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Support the young, fresh and charitable

As is tradition, Boston Mills Ski Resort Open House is this Friday through Sunday. New to the Open House, specifically Sun Valley Sports, is the fresh clothing line: Lumen.

Lumen ModelLumen embodies the rising generation. The owners are young but capable. Their message incorporates generosity and entrepreneurship.

The 15-year-old owners, Jacob Roscoe and David Ross, are donating 30% of every sale to The Cleveland Foodbank. All left-over profits are being put right back into the business in order to continuously create new products.

Ross said the company will be switching charities every few months, so if there is a charity you want to support, Facebook Lumen with the name of the organization, a brief description, and why the extreme sports clothing company should donate 30% of their profits to that organization.

Lumen will also be collecting non-perishable food items for The Cleveland Foodbank, at the Open House, Saturday. For every non-perishable item you donate, you will receive 5% off your Lumen purchase. This offer is available for up to 5 cans. In other words, if you donate 5 cans you will receive 25% off your Lumen order.

Shirts are $14.00 and hoodies are $24.00.

Boston Mills Open House

The Open House, located at Boston Mills Ski Resort, offers the lowest prices for all your winter needs. This includes season passes, kids programs and more. Ski and snowboard goods will also be available at low prices through both the Buckeye Sports Center/Sun Valley Sports tent and the Ski Patrol Swap Shop.

The Open House also includes the premieres of Burton’s 13 (8 p.m.) and Level 1 productions’ Sunny (9:30 p.m.). The movies and popcorn are free. Beer and soda will be for sale during the premiere.

Monster Rail JamSaturday, meet the pros! Tom Wallisch and Nick Geopper will be signing autographs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by the annual Monster Rail Jam! Rail jam registration is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the base of Summit. There is a $10 fee to enter. The rail jam, which begins at 2 p.m., features 2 boxes, 2 handrails, a down-flat-down and a wall ride. Helmets are required and the product toss is at 5.

Sunday is a family day. It includes a corn roast, pumpkin painting, bouncy house and more.

Behind Lumen

While in school one day, the boys stumbled upon the idea of a clothing company.

“Jake came up to me and said ‘hey check this out; I have this cool idea and we could make something out of this.’ He showed me this design, we started talking about it and got really into it. We definitely wanted to move forward with it.” Ross said.

Roscoe and Ross said their immediate goal is getting Lumen’s name out there and showing they can make a good product. They explained, the idea for the logo came from the illuminati. The mystic of the figure drew Roscoe in, and the design grew from there.

Now working from Roscoe’s parents’ garage, Lumen founders put their savings together in order to buy a printing machine and all other needed materials. They collaborate with classmates for ideas and use friends as models.

The first product dropped officially October 7th.

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No sponsors. No prizes. No giveaways. Just good old fashioned fun on a piece of wood with wheels.

The Janoviak boys took us back to our roots with the Snap On outlaw race, Saturday night, and damn was it a great time! The race itself was fun, sure, but as always it’s the atmosphere that makes an event.

The atmosphere, created by what I like to call the “extras,” was relaxed and fun. Skaters enjoyed the technical course and after the winners were declared, we all continued mobbing, butt boarding, and having a good old time with our friends.


Racers paid a well worth it $5 to participate; Winner takes all. Podium Photo

Podium was as follows:

1. Jake Janoviak, SVS and ODS rider

2. Russell Janoviak, SVS and ODS rider

3. Chris Jelinek

Oh yeah, No podiums either. I don’t even remember this photo being taken because no one made a fuss about winning.

the chicksOkay this is where I get really excited:

The chicks were super well represented at Snap On! Out of 20 racers, 4 were girls. Even better, one of those chicks, Jenny Demarco (aka Dr. D or Jen Hen), took 5th place overall! That is a huge accomplishment when you look at the advantages guys have in both body mass and push capacity.

After the race, the girls took over the course for two runs. Results were as followed:

Race 1:

Taking a break

1.Jenny Demarco, SVS and ODS rider

2. Candice Dungan, SVS rider

3. Melanie Hartman

4. Shannon Hamilton, SVS rider

Race 2:

1. Shannon Hamilton, SVS rider

2. Candice Dungan, SVS rider

3. Melanie Hartman

4. Jenny Demarco, SVS and ODS rider

So, in conclusion, Snap On reminded us we just want to have a good time.

Check out Sun Valley Sports and Ohio Downhill Skate to learn more about their team riders and events coming up!

Media by Melanie Hartman, thanks girl!

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Thanks to Peter Croce‘s blog I found this great article about girls in skateboarding! Here’s my favorite paragraph:

“Not many girls will just jump into a sport that no other girls are doing. The girls that are not deterred by being the lone wolves use their determination and courage to excel against the odds. The fact of the matter is that gals have been shredding since the dawn of skateboarding and there are definitely some Founding Mothers that should be credited for paving the way.”

Elissa Steamer

Skate like a girl post

Skateandcreate blog

Skate Like A Girl

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Maestro my Muse

As of today, you can find Bustin Boards at Sun Valley Sports!

Bustin Boards

My personal favorite: The Maestro.

At 38 inches long this board will take anyone’s slides to the next level. The deck drops down in the back, which forces the rider to put his weight on his front foot. For those of you who know my riding well, you know I need it! I’ve been working on my standies, and keeping enough weight on my front foot seems to be a trending problem for me.

The deck also has nice long kick tails that are slightly shaped upward allowing more leverage in popping up the board. This is perfect for pop shuv-its, manuals, and the like.

The shop only has four Maestros, two decks and two completes, for sale. I have a feeling they won’t last very long.

Silverfishlongboarding Maestro review

More Bustin

Sun Valley Sports is also carrying the Soujourn, Boombox 42 and Spliff. The Boombox is good for freeriding as where the Soujourn and Spliff will be better for freestyle.

Arbor Boards

The shop also picked up Arbor boards Friday. It has the Genesis, Axis and a pin tail longboard. These boards are great for your campus cruiser, I actually have an Arbor Axis myself!

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