Mitchie Brusco of Kirkland is one of several high-profile skaters who will be at EZRocks –Skate for the Cure kickoff event Friday (Sept. 19) from noon to 1 p.m. at Highland Community Park/Bellevue Skate Park, 14224 Bel-Red Road. Go here for more details.
The event will also celebrate the Bellevue Skate Park’s 20th anniversary. It is open to spectators and participants of all ages, and tickets are $10 to $250.This fundraising event will benefit the Zakes Foundation, created by Brad and Nancy Zakes in memory of their son, Ethan Zakes, a skateboarder who lost his life in 2011 to ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy) at the age of 10.
We asked Brusco how he got into skateboarding and why he loves the sport.
“I got into skateboarding at 3 years old,” he wrote in an email this week. “My mom bought me a $10 skateboard with a Tasmanian devil graphic and it was 1 foot long. I loved it from the first time I stepped on it.”
Of course, it’s a long way from stepping on a skateboard to mastering it the way Brusco has.
“Learning little tricks like pop shuvits and Kickflip got me hooked,” he said. “Landing a new trick has always been my main motivation to skate.”
Does he worry about the falls and potential injuries?
“The injury risks that come along with speed and height come to mind, but the motivation to learn the new trick outweighs my fear of getting hurt,” Brusco said. “Although we are doing spins and flips 20 and 30 feet in the air, progression happens naturally and relatively slowly, staying as safe possible.”
Friday’s event will include a Pro Super Ramp contest with a $50,000 purse, a VIP event, four stages with live music and DJ’s, free skate clinics, DJ clinics, pro autographs, a female-only competition and photo opportunities, food trucks, carnival games, a silent auction and prize giveaways. The skateboard ramp is being billed as the largest ever built in Washington.
Besides Brisco, other highly ranked skaters will be Sky Siljeg of Bothell, Jake Brown, Jono Schwan, Tom Schaar and Jaeger Eaton.
Brisco and Siljeg participated in a live chat with Seattle Times readers in 2012. You can read the chat here.