Reflecting on another Skate the Lake
August 28, 2008
A week after the fourth annual Skate the Lake fundraiser, co-founder Chuck Buckley from Tahoe Longboards sat down with team rider Alison Hardy for a Qandamp;A about the event.Hardy and Buckley, both yearly participants, rode nearly 300 miles combined along the shore of Lake Tahoe. Their goal was to raise more than $10,000 in support of Boarding for Breast Cancer a non-profit, youth-focused education, awareness and fundraising foundation. Tahoe Longboards sponsored the event, which sends participants on a 27-mile route via skateboards.Chuck: Why do you think Skate the Lake is important to our community? Alison: It brings everybody together for a good cause. And it brings awareness to breast cancer, which eventually leads to prevention. Chuck: How has the event grown in the last four years?Alison: At least every event it doubles from year before. Its amazing to have 8-year-old kids out there skating all 27 miles with their dads. You have all ages out there now. Its growing and getting pretty big.Chuck: Do you think this event is for all skills? Alison: If you come out make sure you are ready to give your all for the whole 27, but I think anyone can come out and have fun with it for 27 miles. You will definitely feel it the next day. I know I do.Chuck: How hard was it this year as compared to the years before, physically and emotionally, to skate this almost 30 miles again? Alison: It doesnt get any easier, but if it was easy it would not be worth doing. A little pain for the cause. I like it.Chuck: Once again you took me out in the end and I struggled to keep up going up Dollar. What is it about you? Must be the diet.Alison: Eating a lot of granola.Chuck: How do you prepare for these events?Alison: Sitting on the sofa reading Snowboarder and waiting for it to snow.Chuck: What longboard do you skate in these events?Alison: A Tahoe Talmont 52.Chuck: What motivates you to participate in these events? Do you know someone with breast cancer?Alison: Yes, my aunt.Chuck: So between you and I, we have pushed about 300 hundred miles for breast cancer. How many more miles do you think you can skate for breast cancer?Alison: A thousand or more!Alison: What about you, Mr. Buckley? How do you feel about the event ?Chuck: Well, as a 40-year-old man just entering Man O Pause, I look forward to giving a little pain toward the cause. It is very minimal to the pain that Ive seen some of these woman endure to battle this disease. My friend Mike Mathews (52) skated 20 miles for the cause. It was hot and sunny. I was sweating so bad coming into Squaw at midday. It was brutal but glorious. From the easygoing morning rolling next to the lake with the sun coming up it was complete joy. Pain and joy.This event was meant to be. I originally wanted to skate around the lake one time for mom. After bringing my vision to Mr. Curt Sterner, we decided to break it down to 27 on the bike path and have everyone with a big enough heart to participate. Hats off to Curt Sterner for getting it started. One day we will skate around the whole lake in a relay race.