How appropriate is it that Etnies made history on National Go Skate Day. Not only did they set the Guiness world record for the biggest skateboard lesson ever taught, but they did it for a great cause as well. The lesson was given by Pierre Andre Senizergues the owner and CEO of Etnies that covered a range of 311 skateboarders of various ages. The record called for a number of 250 people to be included in the lesson in order to set the record, and with the help of mass support from skaters everywhere, the Etnies skatepark of Lake forest broke the required number of more than 50 members.
This historical occasion was held in memory of a young skater by the name of Thomas Johnson. He was only 8 when he passed from a terminal cancer a couple years back in 2010. The gathering was washed with orange, one of Thomas’ favorite colors. His community along with Etnies and the rest of his supporters rallied together to raise funds for cancer treatment and awareness.
Skating was said to be Thomas’ outlet to his illness, and skating was what set him free from his burdens. Thomas Johnson will not be forgotten and his influence is now known to be an inspiration to all of us.