The Ambush Josh Butler Benefit Jam at Progressive Skatepark was a success. Lets cut to the chase: We raised $3,015 throughout the event through raffles and entry fees. Everybody was happy. Josh got a good chunk of change to help out his medical bills and every single kid walked out with at least one prize. If you didn’t walk away with something, then you probably were not there.
The epic grom sessions were epic, the adult jams were insane, and the mini ramp jams were pretty wild. I don’t know what the parents are feeding their kids up there in Canton, but some of those 13 and under kids were hitting more rails than the big boys. The best trick event down the double set, big hubba, and the bank got the crowd screaming. One kid tre-flip 5-0′d the big hubba with a bottom grill in his mouth. Another board flipping guru landed a triple dolphin flip (or foward flip, or thunder flip whatever the hell you want to call it) down the bank. Mike at Progressive had quite a few brains to clean up off the floor because that kid BLEW MINDS.
But, the biggest deal about last night is that everyone came together for Josh. That is why the skateboard community is the best group of dudes on this damn planet. Josh has been one of my good friends and apart of the best crew out there (SEC!) for almost ten years now. I know first hand that this guy is the last person who deserved to get shot, but he is the first person who deserves all the love everyone showed him last night. We love that dude, and he knows it.
And I just want to add that for getting shot only three months ago, Josh Butler was killing it harder than half the people out there.
Also, HUGE thanks to all the companies that donated product and helped promote the cause. Lowcard, DLXSF, Real, Spitfire, Krooked, Antihero, Thunder, Skullcandy, Toy Machine, Foundation, Fallen, Zero, Mystery, Black Box Dist, Tum Yeto, Tensor, Element, Royal, Flip, Cliche, Organika, DGK, Expedition One, Hubba, Stance socks, Plan B, Alien Workshop, Habitat, DNA, Girl, Chocolate, Almost, Shake Junt, Darkstar, Slave, Vans, Enjoi, Dwindle Dist, Think, Baker, Deathwish, Progressive Skatepark. And anyone else I may have forgot. Thank you so much.