OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – April 14, 2009 – IPATH, who first ushered eco-friendly materials into skateboard footwear in 1999, will be celebrating Earth Day this year with their two-part Turf & Surf event on April 22. IPATH employees, along with riders from the skate and surf teams, will be joining forces with the DBC Ride Shop, Sambazon, Soleo Sunscreen and the Boys & Girls Club of San Clemente for a day-long event to make San Clemente a little more pleasant for skaters and beachgoers.
Beginning at approximately 10 AM, the Turf & Surf crew will meet at San Clemente's Ralph's Skate Court to pick-up trash in and around the park. Following the cleanup, the crew on hand from IPATH will hang around for a quick skate session with anyone in attendance.
After cleaning up the skatepark, the Turf & Surf participants will make their way over to San Clemente's North Beach for a beach cleanup. If the waves are good, some of IPATH's surf team may make their way out into the water too.
"Earth Day gives us a reminder that we should all be doing our part in helping to maintain and preserve what's around us," said IPATH's Dave Smith. "Even though skateboarding typically takes place in an
urban setting, skaters are still affected by the environment around them. From trash laying around a park to garbage on the beach, if we all participated a little, we'd have a big change in the end."
After the beach and park cleanups, the IPATH team will be heading over to Bob Burnquist's compound for a private event being held in conjunction with the Action Sports Environmental Coalition (ASEC). Bob's having some select industry media and friends over to his compound to discuss eco-initiatives with the guys from ASEC and later, host a human-powered skate-jam on the Mega-Ramp, without the aid of any motorized transport.
Watch for pictures and videos from the events to be covered by local media and industry outlets, as well as on IPATH's homepage, YouTube Channel and Roots Crew page. For up to date happenings and to win
some select hemp IPATH kicks throughout the course of Earth Day, follow IPATH on Twitter!