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Lai-Wing Bench Ribbon Cutting - Derby Park

Post Date:09/03/2019 10:34 AM

Have you been wondering about the construction at Derby Park? Find out Sept 7th

The Brendan Lai-Wing Leung Memorial Fund, in collaboration with artist Payson McNett, and the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, are thrilled to announce the unveiling of the Brendan Lai-wing Leung Memorial Skateboard on Saturday September 7th, 2019 3:00pm at the Sergeant Derby Park, 508 Woodland Way in Santa Cruz, CA.

A labor of love, the bench sized skateboard made of concrete, aluminum and steel, was designed, manufactured and installed by artist Payson McNett. McNett is currently the Director of Digital Fabrication and the Makerspace at Cabrillo College.

McNett produced this bench to honor Leung who passed from this dimension on Feb 7, 2018. Brendan was a professional skateboarder, raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts, later settling in Santa Cruz. He skated for Bill’s Wheels and Natural Koncepts for 20 years. Among his magic bag of skateboarding tricks, he was best known for his Ollie AirWalk, a 360 degree, one footed ollie, where he kicked his foot out like a ninja. He always had a hug for everyone and his perseverance and unique style was an inspiration to many near and far. He never held back.

The Brendan Lai-wing Leung Skateboard Tribute Sculpture at Derby Park will be unveiled and available for public use at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony September 7th, 2019 at Derby Park. The family friendly gathering begins at 3:00pm and includes the Look Back Library , a travelling skateboard magazine archive showcasing 41 years of the Ollie, and other special guests. Memorial T-Shirts will be available for a $15 donation. Attendees are encouraged but not required to bring food and drink to share.

Brendan, a scrawny hippie guy of Irish and Chinese descent, is an example of one of those kids for which skateboarding was a lifesaving outlet. His childhood dedication to skateboarding provided a respite from school yard bullying and later earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. Friends of Brendan Leung are giving away his last remaining pro-model decks at the event to three worthy young skateboarders who show promise and dedication to the sport. Nominations can be made through Bill’s Wheels and other local skate shops or by emailing laiwingsgarden@gmail.com.

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