Boschi Pope ended the eventful summer of 2016 with this grand finale of a competition taken place at Hamilton Bridge Skatepark in NYC with guest judges Mike Johnson, Billy O’Neill, and himself.
The turnout was amazing with friends and family coming from all over the map to reunite and enjoy not only the skating that took place but also each other’s company to reminisce and catch up. The vibe was all about good times and nothing but positivity.
This memorial day weekend the New York Skate Series teamed up with I Roll NY in skating for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and a young blader, Steven White, who has EDS.
We hosted an all day session sponsored by Rollerblade who was kind enough to provide a free skate voucher which local blader Malik Ashby won and in his support for EDS, gave to Steven to encourage him to stay strong and keep blading. Featuring skating from Zach Cramer, Pablo Munoz, Joey Lunger, and Tadd Labozzetta.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a collection of heritable connective tissue disorders. We had the pleasure of meeting an 8 year-old named Steven White who has EDS and his dedicated mother, Yoly Ym, at our first event of the 2016 season.
It’s awe inspiring to watch Steven skate, knowing that when the skates come off, he wears leg braces and sometimes uses a wheel chair. Steven is able to rollerblade, because his skates provide him with support, stability, and freedom that does not exist with other alternative sports or with most sports for that matter.
Why Zebra Stripes? Doctors are taught the phrase “When you hear the sound of hooves, think horses, not zebras”. In medicine, “zebra” is used for a rare disease or condition. Doctors often assume that the simplest explanation is correct to avoid misdiagnosis with rare illnesses.
But many medical professionals forget that “zebras” DO exist and so getting a diagnosis and treatment is more difficult for rare conditions. EDS is a rare condition and those with it are known as medical zebras.
When New York is mentioned within the rollerblading industry, Austin Paz is someone that rapidly has become a household name. Austin’s passion, and inequity towards his projects allows New York to obtain a reputation, in which the city is a staple and an important landscape for our sport.