This past Sunday, Rick Kosick and I buddied up for an afternoon of hot sunny delight at the Tony Hawk Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit bash held in Beverly Hills, California. I've been to three of them now, including the very first one back in 2004, and they've consistently proven to be a good time with lots of ramp jamming, food cramming and celebrity spotting.
Photos left to right: Complimentary wieners from Pink's were on hand for mouth use; BMX legend Mat Hoffman rides again!
Photos left to right: Radio personality Jason Ellis mouthed off as the demo emcee; Willie Garson gives Tony's brother Steve Hawk the thumbs up; and Jon Favreau and Jason Lee cold clock the mike.
In terms of onsite entertainment, Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, Kevin Staab, Mitchie Brusco, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Lincoln Ueda, and BMX legends Jamie Bestwick and Mat Hoffman demonstrated how to use a large U-shaped construction from within netted confines. Soon afterward Jimmy Eat World took the mainstage, right around the time a breeze of respite finally found its way into the city despite all the logistical logjams created by the coincidental presence of President Obama and his big night out in Los Angeles. And lest you think we didn't then think again, because both Rick and I did eat a Hawk dog from Pink's, because no one in their right mind passes up a free wiener gobble.
Photos clockwise from upper left: Mat Hoffman is an inspiration to not only the gathered crowd but all mankind; Tony Hawk throws a 540 into the potluck U-stew; Jimmy Eat World and play music too; and Tony Hawk holds up what will soon be a $5000 auction item but was previously the skateboard he'd been riding.