EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 29, 2013

Selectmen OK Longboard for Life fundraiser

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The Second Annual Longboard for Life fundraiser is on.

The selectmen approved the event last week. The skateboarding competition is being organized to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Participants will be riding on longboards, which are longer than a typical skateboard, have bigger wheels and bigger trucks.

The event will take place June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Woodcrest Drive. The road will be closed while the skateboarders are demonstrating their daring and balancing acumen.

Tyler Bainbridge, the young Middleton man who is organizing the fundraiser, appeared before the selectmen March 8 to request permission to hold the event. The board held off on approving it because of concerns over liability.

Bainbridge has resolved that issue by requiring each participant to sign a waiver releasing the town of North Andover from liability in case of injury. Also, those who brave the slope on Woodcrest Drive that day must wear helmets and gloves, Bainbridge said.

The first Longboard for Life took place in Boxford on Baynes Hill Road on June 9 of last year.

The competition drew 63 participants and raised $1,500 for the American Cancer Society, Bainbridge said.

Longboard for Life is not a race, Bainbridge has assured the police and fire departments. A panel of judges will rate participants and their form and skill, he explained.

Bainbridge and his friend Peter Guarino were inspired to organize a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society when a friend of theirs at Masconomet Regional High School, Ashley Cunningham, was diagnosed with cancer shortly before Christmas 2011.

After five months of treatment, she survived the disease, he said.

For more information about Longboard for Life, call Bainbridge at 508-505-8341 or email longboarder_ma@hotmail.com.