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Losing a Skateboarder To Suicide - Remembering Raymond Howell Jr.

Losing a Skateboarder To Suicide - Remembering Raymond Howell Jr.

Over 250 people were trying to fight back the tears in Mckinney Texas last Saturday. As we all stood there, listening to a family speak about losing their son to suicide, we couldn't help it. It was impossible to not get teary eyed. 

This isn't typical behavior for a skatepark. Normally, we are all obliged to show how tough we can be while getting hurt. Basically, crying is very rare. But this particular afternoon, even the toughest dudes at the park were getting choked up.  

We were at the local skate park that day to support the family of Raymond Howell, Jr. and to raise awareness about bullying in North Texas. Raymond Howell Jr. committed suicide due to being intensely bullied, and his family shared his story with us. It was heart wrenching, and was a serious reminder that we all can help our community. 

Tribute skateboard decks were available for only $30 with all proceeds going to the Howell Family. The newest Crosseyed Skates sponsored rider was added to the team, Blayne!! He's an awesome skater and a great kid, everyone was stoked to have him join the team.

With delicious free tacos from Petra Mexican Bistro , 4DWN, and all the skateboarding contests going on, the good vibes were definitely there. Thanks to everyone that made this day possible!

 

Matthew Holifield: Founder of Magic Wax

Matthew Holifield: Founder of Magic Wax

Matthew Holifield intended to create a skate team, using wax as his focus. With an entrepreneurial spirit he continues to better the melt-resistant Magic Wax brand.

4DWN Block Party

4DWN Block Party

4DWN, local artists, FREE BEER courtesy of Community Beer Supply company, artwork from several artists, and of course skateboarding. 

4DWN Skatepark's Grand Opening

4DWN Skatepark's Grand Opening

4DWN is owned and operated by vert rider, Mike Crum. The Royal Deca crew and I had the pleasure of speaking with him briefly, when introducing ourselves at the event. He is a super nice guy and an amazing skateboarder. He has “contributed to the skateboarding industry in many ways including trick invention, endemic entrepreneurship, signature boards, signature shoes and film/media appearances.”

Skate to Create: Royal Deca's Skateboarding Podcast

Skate to Create: Royal Deca's Skateboarding Podcast

 They began podcasting in September 2014 and have already had many major figures in the skateboarding world interviewed on the show including: Cody McEntire, Manny Santiago, Brandon Westgate, and plenty of other amazing guests. They also interview locals and people who turn their passions into careers. Each interview is meant to inspire and give each listener industry tips, tools, and tactics they can apply to their own projects and ambitions. The show is perfect for those that are looking to get started on a project of their own, do freelance work, is starting a business, works for a skate shop, or are simply looking for a little inspiration in their life.