“It originally started out as a Halloween party,” said Eternal Boardshop manager Joel Blazek. “Robert needs some help so we decided to do it as a fundraiser as well.”
The Spanish Springs Eternal Boardshop will hold a Halloween Manual Pad Madness event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Skateboarders who want to compete for prizes, including skateboards and other gear, have to dress in costume.
Raffle tickets will be sold at $1 per ticket to raise money for Landers. Raffle prizes include skateboards, hoodies, t-shirts and other prizes.
“It gives the kids a chance to come to the store and skate and hang out and it goes to a good cause,” Blazek said. “The main idea I want to do is give everyone the opportunity to skate. But in order to win prizes you have to be in a costume.
Blazek said that the competition will not be strictly judged.
“It’s more of a jam,” Blazek said about the relaxed competition format. “So if you do a cool trick, you’ll be able to win something.”
Blazek said a manual pad will be set up in the parking lot in front of the store.
“A manual pad is like a coffee table,” Blazek said, explaining that the apparatus is about 5 feet wide by 8 feet long and skaters can ollie onto the manual pad, do tricks and ollie off at the end. “It’s pretty much a standard feather at most skate parks.”
Team rider Landers’ left hand is still healing from breaking it and his right hand was sprained after falling off a rail about two weeks ago. He said it is difficult for him to stay off a skateboard but even more difficult to pay his medical bills right now.
“I’m going to get back to skating as soon as possible,” Landers said. “The doctor told me three months.”
Landers said he has health insurance but the bills are getting expensive. In addition to being unable to skate, Landers, who works in a warehouse, also can't return to work because he can't lift anything.
“It’s really going to help me out,” Landers said of Saturday’s competition and fundraiser. “I hope a lot of people show up and people in costumes since it is Halloween.”
Landers added that the event should be fun for everyone.
Blazek said if the weather is nice, in addition to having candy and stickers to pass out, he might fire up the barbecue.
Prizes for the event have been donated by Eternal Boardshop’s suppliers, including Analong, Enjoi, Almost, Spitfire, Alien Workshop, Darkstar, Real Skateboards and others.
“It’s kind of a thank-you to our customers,” Blazek added about the event. “And we get to give them some free stuff.”
For more information about Eternal, or Saturday’s Manual Pad Madness, visit www.eternalsnow.com or call 626-9991. There are links to Eternal’s Myspace and Facebook pages from the company’s main Web site.
Eternal Boardshop in Spanish Springs is located at 300 Los Altos Pkwy.