The Fresno Grizzlies, in conjunction with Lifted Group Research (LRG), have teamed up to put on one of the more unique events to hit the Central Valley this year. On July 31st, the LRG professional skate team will join three Valley skate shop teams in a demonstration that begins at 5:30 p.m. in Tulare Plaza at Chukchansi Park. The area will transform to show off top skating talent before and during the Grizzlies 7:05 p.m. game against the Reno Aces. DJ Ren Rock will be on-hand to provide music throughout the demonstration.
The evening is dubbed Upper Decks and is highlighted by a limited-edition one-time Fresno Grizzlies skate deck, which is currently available for purchase through a package at the Grizzlies Team Store (1800 Tulare St.), The Future (Hanford, CA), The Boardroom (Fresno, CA) and Prodigy Board (Clovis, CA). Each of the four locations house 36 of the 144 packages, which retail for $60.
The package includes one limited-edition Lifted Research Group x Fresno Grizzlies Tee, one Fresno Grizzlies Ambigram Skateboard Deck and one ticket to the July 31st Fresno Grizzlies game.
There will be no reorders of the t-shirt or skate deck so act fast!
The LRG pro skateboarders appearing at Chukchansi Park on July 31st will be:
Tommy Sandoval - @tommygunz__69 on instagram
Hailing from Chula Vista, California, the curly-haired professional skater has won a gold medal in the 2010 X-Games in the Game of SK8 competition. LRG, Zero Skateboards, Mob Grip, Krux Trucks, Fallen Footwear and Overload Skateshop currently sponsor the 28-year-old.
Trent McClung - @trentmcclung on instagram
The 21-year-old native of Huntington Beach, California is bound to bring his favorite trick, nicknamed the "front shuv," to Tulare Plaza on July 31st. LRG, Element, Independent Trucks, Skull candy, Bones Wheels, Remind Insoles, and Andale Bearings currently sponsor McClung.
Carlos Ribeiro - @carlosribeiro91 on instagram
The Brazilian-born professional skater nicknamed "Dudu" began skating when he was seven-years-old and helped expand the LRG skate brand in his native country. LRG, Primitive Skateboards, Nike SB, Converse, Indy, Autobahn, and Andale currently sponsor the 22-year-old Ribeiro.
Jack Curtin - @jackcurtin on instagram
From Washington, D.C. by way of Indonesia, the current Bay Area native became the first DGK amateur skater to be selected to the pro team in 2005. LRG, DGK, Gold Wheels, MOB, and Bones Swiss Bearings currently sponsor Curtin.
Chico Brenes - @chicobrenes on instagram
Originally from Nicaragua, the LA native became a professional skater at age 16 and celebrated his 20-year anniversary as a professional skater two years ago. Moreover, he is an original member of the World Industries team that made appearances in the skate-favorite Love Child video. Brenes is currently sponsored by LRG, Chocolate, Independent Trucks, DVS, Autobahn, and Central Skate Shop.
The above skaters will take part in the demonstration and be available for autographs on the concourse during the game.
Below is the address for the three local skate shops selling the packages and participating in the event on the 31st:
300 N. 11th Ave.
6264 N. Blackstone
Sierra Vista Mall
Skaters are subject to change
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