Pro skateboarders flip for Jesus at park event |

Pro skateboarders flip for Jesus at park event

Five professional skateboarders will be “tearing up the ramp” for Jesus in Pioneer Park today. “180 Degrees In the Park” is an all-free, all-age event that includes half-pipe demonstrations, Christian hardcore music from three live bands, a bounce house and food. A free raffle for prizes will include a gift certificate to Good Times and a skate board deck, event coordinator Matt Corbin said. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m.

“We’re trying to break down the stereotypes of Christians and skaters,” said Corbin, of Nevada County Christian Fellowship in Grass Valley.

Professional skaters Christian Hosoi, Ray Barbee, Richard Mulder and Brian Sumner will demonstrate their skate boarding prowess starting at about 1:15 p.m.

“You’ll see people doing ollie airs, Smith grinds, and you might see some kick flips,” said Southern California skater Richard Mulder, 29, who has been skate boarding since he was 10 years old.

His wife, Sarah, lived in Nevada County as a girl; her aunt, Tami Ault, still lives here.

The skaters and evangelist Jay Haizlip also will testify, Corbin said.

The skateboarders regularly travel across the country to spread the word of God to influential young people.

They join a growing crowd of hipper and edgier youth ministries gaining popularity nationwide.

See more about the ministry at About 25 local businesses and churches are sponsoring the event


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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