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R.I.P: Dave Abair Has Passed Away After Going Missing

After going missing last Friday, it was confirmed yesterday evening that Dave Abair has passed away. He was 34. Originally from Vermont, Abair burst onto the California scene over a decade ago via the SHUFFL video. He ultimately made his home in San Francisco, and has been associated with numerous brands over the years. At the time of his passing, Abair was pro for Scumco & Sons, Independent, and Satori. In March, he dropped the above part via Thrasher that was accompanied by an interview in which he talks about the loss of a close friend and struggles with alcohol.

This part is called This One’s For You. What is the meaning behind that name?

The name is for my best friend Sean Stem who is no longer with us. A way that I like to have him with me is by wearing a shirt or sweatshirt with his name on it. It makes me feel like he’s still on the session. He would have been proud. We always talked about what it would be like to film a part for Thrasher growing up. Getting the opportunity made me think about him a lot. The part is for him.

You were sober for the entire filming of this project. What sparked that?

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I’ve had a hard time with alcohol. What started the sober streak was the opportunity to film the part for Novia with Walker. Most of that part is sober, too. I just started having so much more energy when I stopped drinking. I woke up every day and I just felt super motivated and clearheaded. I feel that I skate better when I’m sober. You can go skating consecutive days in a row—no hangover, no jittery legs, no cloudy judgement—just ready to go every day. Even after being super sore you can still push yourself to roll around. I just felt more like myself on the board than ever.

The cause of death has not been released. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam Registration Now Open

This year’s Skating Across Borders charity event will be held on May 21st from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Presented by the Stoefs Studio in cooperation with the Skatepark of Tampa, the fundraiser features a mini ramp jam as well as live band performances.

Register at skateparkoftampa.com to join the mini ramp jam.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Board for Bros, a non-profit dedicated to providing skateboarding equipment, safe skate spots, and youth mentoring in their community.

Board for Bros will also have a tent during the event where they will be accepting old boards and skateboard parts that will be refurbished and given to kids who can’t afford their own.

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Monster Energy Crew to Kick Off Euro Tour

Ishod Wair, Grant Taylor, Aurelien Giraud, and the rest of the Monster Energy Crew will shred the best skate spots in Europe this summer in the upcoming Monster Euro Tour.

The tour is in partnership with local skate shops.

The first stop will kick off in Bristol on the 8th of May.

The rest of the tour schedule follows.

  • Hamburg – May 14
  • Berlin – May 17
  • Munich – May 21
  • Athens – June 5
  • Warsaw – June 10
  • Helsinki – July 1
  • Vienna – July 9
  • Tel-Aviv – September 3
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Watch the X Games Chiba 2022 live on YouTube and ESPN App

Hey X Games fans. You can catch X Games Chiba 2022 live from April 22-24 on the ESPN app and the X Games YouTube Channel.

You can find the schedule and the links to the live streaming for each game here and the full list of participating athletes here.

Two hours of event recap coverage will also air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on May 14 and 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

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