Boarders got almighty boost

Grand Harbour was the place to be last week with two huge events running side by side.

The Brick House threw their first Petapalooza raising profits for the Humane Society and The Black Pearl was host to ‘The Uprising’.

The Uprising was a presentation through the Cayman Outreach Society that spoke to the youth of Cayman on the dangers of drugs and addiction.

This Christian group of pro skateboarders, a punk rock band and rap artists had all the youth’s attention.

Dennis Martinez was the back bone of this mission as for the two weeks preceding the weekend’s event, he toured the schools, delivering his message through skateboarding and music.

As the weekend neared he was soon accompanied by Christian Hosoi (receiver of Legend award by Transworld Magazine), Brian Sumner and Jay ‘Alabamy’ Haizlip who are both active pros in the skate community today.

The event kicked off on the Friday evening as hundreds of people gathered in the Black Pearl Skateboard Park to not only watch the professional skateboard demo and local skateboard contest, but to hear the testimonies of these amazing athletes and artists.

They shared their stories of the dark slide into drugs and addiction and hardships experienced while in prison, but also how they came to Christianity and how it helped them to get their lives back on track.

They shared their stories so that some of the youth of Cayman may not end up going through what they went through.