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Johnny Romano Skate Jam: Skateboarding’s Largest Non-Profit Fundraising Event

This past Saturday concluded the 15th annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam at Southside Skatepark in Houston. This event is skateboarding’s largest non-profit fundraising event and has raised over $650,000 over the years for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The event is the brainchild of Houston native and skateboarder Damien Hebert. “In 14 years we have raised over $650,000 for Make-A-Wish thus directly effecting about 130 kids in making their wishes come true!” Herbert explains. “The great thing about Make-A-Wish is year after year this chapter puts over 93% to 95% of the money raised directly into the wishes for these wonderful children.”

Pros and ams came out on Sunday to participate in best trick contests, skate with the kids, and hang out. All winnings were donated to charity. It’s always great to see skateboarding give back.

Highlights from the day can be seen here.

Ben Hatchell

Bank To Wall
Evan Smith

Felipe Gustavo


Ben Raybourn Pro for $lave

Is it really true that Texas has given rise to the most pro skateboarders out of any state? That’s the word on the web. Texas can now add another to the list now that Ben Raybourn has gone pro for $lave. Ben’s known as having a sort of old-school style that includes a bag of tricks from a different era. “I guess I just do my own thing. Me and my friends would just do weird, dumb tricks,” Ben claims.

Ben’s first series of decks are out now and ready to ship. His sponsors include $lave skateboards, Bones wheels,  Ipath shoes, and Theeve trucks.

Fact: Ben’s grandfather, Eddie Tilley, was an Olympic diver in the 1950s and a Navy Seal in  the Korean War.

Get Weird With SLAP Mag and SPITFIRE

Filming this weekend? Get creative. SLAP Skateboard Magazine and Spitfire wants you to get “spooky, weird, gnarly, and tech”. Go out and film your crew decked in Halloween costumes for a chance to win a bunch of Spitfire swag. For more info and rules check out the SLAP site. We at can’t wait to see the submissions for this…