The World's Top Skateboarders are Coming to the San Fernando Valley to Skate with Their Fans

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The 2013 Southern California Skate Expo is a first for the San Fernando Valley.

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Syck Productions is producing the 2013 Southern California Summer Skateboarding Expo, August 9 - 11, 2013, at Pedlow Skate Park in Encino, Calif.

This is the first time that 9 of the greatest skateboarders in the world are uniting in Southern California's San Fernando Valley to Skate with their fans, sign autographs and give back to the fans that made them who they are today.

For the first time, fans will be able to skate with their favorite stars of skateboarding like, Christian Hosoi, Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Nyjah Huston, Tony Tave and Theotis Beasley to cite only a few.

"We are looking forward to hanging out with our fans and signing autographs." stated Hosoi.

Pedlow Skatepark will undergo a temporary expansion to host 27 skateboard contests including categories of Street, Bowl and Mini-ramp for this 3-day event. The one acre Pedlow Skatepark will be expanded to its property lines of 3.8 acres. Syck Productions is bringing in their own massive, 70 foot long, custom made skate-ramp, concert stage and more.

The event will benefit several charities, including The Sheckler Foundation, LAFD Foundation, LAUSD, LAPD and other community organizations. This 3-day skateboarding and music fest will bring together the world's top skateboarders with 12 live bands including the Shrine, Shifty's Crazy Town and Ticket to Ride, some of the former members of the hit Broadway musical, Beatlemania.

The skateboarding competition is open to all children, beginners, amateurs and sponsored skaters. Pros and fans will cheer on their favorites as they compete for top prizes, including skateboarding related scholarships. Promotional giveaways will include skateboards, T-shirts, hats, and more. The little ones will enjoy thrill seeking adventures and games. Other activities include raffles, silent auctions, lessons from the legends, demos from the pros, a food court, nearly 100 vendors and exhibitors, sponsors and supporters including Red Bull, Whole Foods, JBL Speakers, Pepsi, Jarritos Soda, Primitive Apparel, One Coconut, Element, Penny Skateboards and many more.

Syck Productions is happy to have the support of, one of Expo's major sponsors. HotBoarder is building the world's first and only Social Media Sports Network that caters specifically to the fans of skateboarding, surfing, skiing and snowboarding. Their inaugural launch is scheduled for November, 2013.

"This is unprecedented," stated the California State Senator, Ron Calderon, "to have 9 of the greatest skateboarders in the world, in one place at one time, in our home town, supporting their fans, benefiting our children's foundations, is surreal! The kids are going nuts."

Skateboarding hits close to home for the Senator. In 2011, he and his family suffered the loss of their nephew when a hit-and-run driver struck and killed the 14 year old, while skating in the streets. Sadly, his best friend lost his life as well. Today, the Senator’s daughter is a Senior Vice President for Syck Productions.

In the last ten years, nearly 400 children have lost their lives while skateboarding in the streets. Los Angeles based, Syck Productions' mission is to promote safety by hosting all-star skateboarding events that raise funds for the charities that are keeping the kids off the streets by building safe environments for skateboarding.

The media and news coverage for the Skate Expo is unsurpassed. During the 3rd week of June, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and an additional 552 other news and media outlets throughout the United States, not only received the Expo's press release, but published it as well.

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