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UPDATE: Enjoi Confirms That Ben Raemers Has Passed Away at Age 28

In more unfortunate news, it appears that Ben Raemers passed away earlier today. He was 28. Raemers hailed from a small town in England called Walton-on-the-Naze. He turned pro for Enjoi in 2014, and also rode for Converse and Volcom. Raemers’s death has yet to be officially announced. But judging from the comments on his last Instagram post dated April 28 from Brian DeLaTorre, Mark Suciu, Jonathan Mehring, Andrew Brophy, Pep Kim, and more, this appears to be true. We’ll update when more concrete information is available.

UPDATE 05.16.19: Louie Barletta released the below statement this afternoon via Thrasher that reveals that Raemers took his own life.

Nobody is prepared to write things like these. Ben Raemers took his life over the weekend. Words can’t describe the pain and hurt in my heart right now thinking of his poor soul and the burden he must’ve carried deep within. On the outside, Ben was such a happy-go-lucky guy who would share everything he had with his mates. To best describe him would be to say he was a puppy dog—bundles of energy mixed with dumb curiosity tangled within a body with absolutely no coordination. Every day was an adventure. Every experience, no matter what it was, was the best thing he had ever done. He had this aura about him and he left an impact on every single person he met. I loved Ben like only an older brother could—being disappointed with him at him at times, and so, so proud of him at others. I have this overwhelming feeling of guilt for not seeing the signs. I’m devastated he never reached out for help, but mostly I’m angry I’ll never see my little buddy again. Ben will forever live on in my heart as that naive puppy dog running around happily exploring the world. He will forever be young. Your friends will always love you and miss you, Ben.Louie Barletta

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365. You don’t have to be suicidal to call. 1-800-273-8255

And in the UK dial: 116 123

UPDATE 05.14.19: Enjoi has just confirmed Raemers’s passing with its latest Instagram post. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Watch How Old Decks Transformed into Custom Benches in this Video

Watch Welcome Skate Shop staff and their friends turn old decks into custom benches in this video released by Vans as part of their efforts to promote artists and creativity. Welcome Skate Shop is based in Leeds, UK.

What’s great about this bench is that you can remove the top (the one made with old decks) and now you have a skateable bench. It has storage too so you have a place for your new skateboards or whatever needs storing.

A skateboarder may need to replace their decks in a few months to a year, depending on how hard they grind and how often they ride. Probably millions of skateboards are discarded each year and most of them end up in landfills.

This is just one of the ways worn-out decks can be repurposed. There are also initiatives to recycle and repurpose old wheels to keep them out of landfills.

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Here’s What’s Going Down on ‘Go Skateboarding Day’

It’s Go Skateboarding Day on June 21. We’ve sniffed around the local skate scenes and rounded up the activities that were organized by skate shops, skate brands, and skating communities for this year’s skateboarding holiday.

Battle at the Berrics 12 Finals Night – The Berrics, Los Angeles California

Game of Skate Mini Ramp Jam – Sixth Avenue Skatepark, Nashville, TN

City of Downey Skate Jam Go Skate Day 2022-Independence Park, Downey, CA

Skate Jam / Slappy Contest -Maidu Skatepark, Roseville, CA

Go Skate Day – Northside Park, Blacksburg, VA

How Go Skateboarding Day began

Go Skateboarding Day was proposed by Don Brown and formally established by the International Association of Skateboard Companies in 2004 to promote skateboarding and make it more accessible to everyone.

It coincides with the longest day of the year, and it is by design. Since June 21 is the longest day of the year in Continental USA, it means everyone can spend more time skating outside.

What started out as a few small skate sessions in some parts of the US became a worldwide celebration.

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Catch the Highlights of Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam

Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam held at St. Petersburg, Fl was a success. Watch the highlights of the charity skate event above.

The proceeds of the event went to Board for Bros, a non-profit dedicated to providing skateboarding equipment, safe skate spots, and youth mentoring in their community.

The fundraiser was organized by Stoefs Studio in cooperation with the Skatepark of Tampa.

Mason Mcintosh with a clean kickflip fakie mid-run. Photo by Matt Shail

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