Five pro skateboarders partnered with Zumiez to host the “Road to Rushmore” Skate Demo this past weekend at Rushmore Mall in Rapid City, SD. The Hotshot Handle crew — which included Garrett Hill, Manny Santiago, Gantry Hill, Mike Mo Capaldi & Walker Ryan — all took time out of their busy touring schedules to entertain fans last Saturday. Skateboard fans could follow their journey to Rapid City on Instagram.
During the demo, members from the crew passed out free gear, met with their fans and showed off their tricks and abilities. After the hour long demo, they hosted an autograph session and auctioned off custom painted, autographed ramps for charity with matching funds from Zumiez raising over $2K for suicide prevention.
Britten Studios contributed a 5′ H x 9′ W double-sided ceiling banner that the professionals signed, which was also auctioned off for the charity.
2013 Dew Tour Athlete of the Year Nominee, Garrett Hill, and his brother Gantry say they were excited to come back and put Rapid City on the map. Gantry Hill says, “For me, my brother and I grew up here, we spent a lot of summers here. Our uncle had a place in Rapid City so the whole family would be here almost every summer so now to be able do a demo in the city with everybody coming out is really cool.”
Garrett Hill and Kendall Kern, store manager of Zumiez, were honored and presented with Native American star quilts for their fundraising efforts.
International TransWorld Skate was here to video the skateboard demo for their social media channels and magazine.
Local FOX and ABC TV affiliates were on hand and interviewed one of the pros: http://www.blackhillsfox.com/video?vid=438818623.
Chevy provided vehicles for the athletes to ride in style from Denver to Rapid City. The pros even had a chance to get a little sightseeing in at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park while they were here. Plans are in the works to make this an annual event.