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Who is Dave Tuck?

Dave Tuck (1969-2013) was an OG Ann Arbor Skater. 

On Saturday, June 11th the Ann Arbor Skatepark will host the 3rd Annual Dave Tuck Skate Jam to celebrate the life and contribution of a one of a kind Skateboard Hero.  Here are a couple reasons why:

Dave comes from the old school DIY spirit and culture of hardcore skating.  Of discovering, draining, and riding abandoned pools.  Of seeing the world through the lens of the Skater’s eye: “Can it be ridden?  We’re gonna find out.”  Of pressure drops and boneless ones on the benches on the Diag.  Of finding wood and building ramps.  Legendary Ann Arbor spots like Hadley’s Ramp (actually in Ypsi), Fulmer street ramp, the Barn Ramp at Wes’ house, the Burns Park wading pool, and a bunch of others.  Of quarter pipes and launch ramps in the parking lot of Commie High.

Dave travelled all over, living out of his van or cars and hotels, those early missions to South Carolina, to Wisconsin, to Sarnia, skating and laughing and raging and inviting everyone back to ride our local spots.  And they came.  Then he moved to Colorado and did it all over again.  Real recognizes Real.  He rode snowboards and skateboards from Jamaica to Japan, from Alaska to Alabama.

Dave was a living link between the original sidewalk surfers and the new wave that became X-Games and public free parks like the one we build here in Ann Arbor.  Andy Mac, holder of more X-Games medals than anyone else in the world learned to skate vert from Dave.  Dave rode his way from being the little kid in the Local Chaos crew to being a General in the Arvada Army. 

Dave was a drummer.  He was a lover and a fighter.  He was an awesome dad and husband, and the kind of friend who would give you ANYTHING he had. Dave knew about Style.  Tuck kneed frontside airs and Reggae belts and duct tape. 

Dave lived the truth, his truth.  The Truth.  Dave died the way he lived.  The way he rode.  With passion, without compromise, with grace and honor and courage.  With his friends and family.

Dave Tuck Skate Jam raises money for Grind for Life and Strap in for Life.  Mike Rogers, the two-time cancer survivor and pro skater who founded GFL was a source of support and strength for Dave when he was sick.  So Dave, being Dave, figured that he would be a part of the solution too and with a couple buddies founded SIFL to continue the mission of service to people with cancer and their families up over the tree line.

But just as importantly, Dave Tuck Skate Jam is a celebration of life and love, of skateboarding as an Art of Living, and if we can throw down an event that Dave would be stoked for we’ve done our little piece of keeping Dave Tuck alive in our hearts. 

We hope you’ll be with us at Ann Arbor Skatepark on June 11th to speak his name and have a bunch of fun doing something good.

Check out these links to get a little more of the Dave Tuck story: