April 16, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

They Will Skate Again

A special day of skating in Venice.

By Sam Catanzaro

Dropping into the pool at the Venice Beach Skate Park takes guts on a skateboard. Dropping in on a wheelchair takes something special as demonstrated by the competitors on July 7 at They Will Skate Again, a skating event for people affected by spinal cord injuries.

The event was hosted by Life Rolls On, a non-profit founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer. The organization is committed to improving the quality of life for children and teens affected by spinal cord injury through the belief that adaptive surfing and skating can inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis for these young people.

Winner of the Most Improved award, Albee Granillo, hovers in mid-air while dropping into the Venice Skate Park’s pool. Photo: six12media.

They Will Skate again featured some of the world’s best young disabled skaters alongside renown professional wheelchair competitors.  Four-time Wheelchair Motor Cross (WCXM) champion Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham wooed the crowd with jaw-dropping aerial tricks in the pool while Robert Thompkins, a professional chair skater, navigated obstacles and grinded down rails on his wheelchair.

Four-time Wheelchair Motor Cross champion Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham dazzled spectators with extreme aerial moves at the They Will Skate Again event on July 7. Four-time Wheelchair Motor Cross champion Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham dazzled spectators with extreme aerial moves at the They Will Skate Again event on July 7. Photo: six12media.

Youngsters put on a show of their own, with inspiring performances by Albee Granillo who won the Most Improved award and 12-year-old Sam Strain who landed the first 50 – 50 no hand grind of his life while competing on his way to winning Best Overall Grom. 

For more information about Life Rolls On, visit their website at www.liferollson.org and follow them on Instagram @liferollsonfoundation.

Professional chair skater Robert Thompkins grinds down a rail at They Will Skate Again. Photo: six12media.
Related Posts

Del Rey Dry Cleaner Goes up in Flames

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

LAFD put out first-floor fire this week By Chad Winthrop Over 90 firefighters put out a fire that broke at...

Edify TV: LAFD Announces Likely Cause of Ballona Wetlands Fire

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

The LAFD has revealed the cause of a March fire that destroyed five acres of the Ballona Wetlands. Learn more...

Pizza Pop-up Coming to Venice Next Week

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Lupa Cotta coming to Venice’s Chez Tex next Friday By Kerry Slater A “nomadic pizza business” is popping up in...

Food Review: Griddle Cake Perfection Arrives on the Westside

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Breakfast by Salt’s Cure lands on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica By Kerry Slater A new Westside breakfast spot serves...

Westside Cafe Helping Save Monarch Butterflies

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

This Westside cafe is doing its part to keep its namesake insect, the monarch butterfly, safe. Learn more in this...

Virtual Venice Art Crawl This Week

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

Singers, poets, painters, photographers, performance artists and gallery owners are all scheduled to participate in the virtual Venice Art Crawl...

Junior Lifeguards Returning to Venice Beach This Summer

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

County-run program returns to LA County beaches July and August  By Sam Catanzaro A few weeks are left for prospective...

SWAT Tear Gas Trailer in Seven-Hour Venice Standoff

April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

Standoff between police and barricaded suspect over the weekend at First Baptist Church By Sam Catanzaro  An over seven-hour standoff...

Dual Building Development Rises Near Venice High School

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Two-building development underway on Venice Boulevard By Chad Winthrop Work is well underway on a two-building, mixed use development near...

Edify TV: A Look at a Proposed Westside Homeless Shelter Locations

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Take a look at a collection of Westside properties that a LA lawmaker is proposing bringing homeless shelters to in this...

Westside Business Spotlight: The Bike Shop California

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Today on the Westside Business Spotlight we visit The Bike Shop California, your neighborhood spot for all things bike-related.

‘Next-Generation’ Pudding Comes to Venice

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Pudu Pudu opens on Abbot Kinney By Kerry Slater A dessert shop specializing “next-generation” pudding has come to Venice  Pudu...

Food Review: An Almost-Essential Westside Sandwich

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

Johnnie’s french dip pastrami sandwich in Culver City  By Kerry Slater  While there are far better sandwiches in Los Angeles,...