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June 14th, 2014 - Willard Showdown Skate Comp
I had a great time at the Willard Showdown skate event today. Great vibes, great weather, great skating. Thanks to Joe from J2 Skate Ministry and everyone that came out to enjoy the day with us. It's been a great weekend of events and travel. Sun burnt and tired but well worth it. - Doug
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June 13th, 2014 - Learning Garden Summer Camp
I had an amazing day today with the campers from the Learning Garden. Upon my arrival they were chanting my name, a very warm energetic welcome. They were so receptive to my speech and had a slew of great questions. Dodging the rain we headed across the field after my speech to the Valleyview Skatepark so I could give a demonstration and skate with some of the campers. Many thanks to Brad Smith, the camp counselors, campers, and everyone from the Learning Garden.- Doug
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May 26th 2014 - Memorial Day Service Featured Speaker
I had a great day being the featured speaker at Dalton's Memorial Day service. Nothing felt better than getting sincere hand shakes from people in the community that enjoyed my words. I put my heart into my delivery. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts 922 for inviting me to be the speaker for today. I was very honored to be chosen to speak to the citizens and veterans and to pay homage to America’s finest men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom. I'm living an American dream, and I have them to thank. Many more updates ahead. I have a new pro model coming out with Outbreak Boards next month. Some pretty exciting tour dates to report also, stay tuned! - Doug
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March 21st 2014 - Schmid Hall Book Signing
What a great signing at Schmid Hall. I'm thrilled to have the new book out. It was a long journey in writing it, but it has paid off in a big way. Lots ahead for the spring and summer of 2014. Many thanks to everyone who came out for the book signing. My book is now in all major book stores however if you get it directly from
www.beyondtheboard.net it will be personally signed from me to you. Till next time, Doug.
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March 2nd 2014 - New Book ON SALE NOW!


Everyone assumes writing your life story is easy and everyone has it in them. It's much harder than one thinks, especially to do it properly. The world stops, it's not a write here or there kind of thing. Friends and family ask where you've been. Go to bed 4am, relive the hardest moments of your life in detail, get in the zone. Deaths, highs, lows. Talk to ex girlfriends (the ones willing to talk) about why things might have gone sour. It's all bleeding emotionally. To be honest and vulnerable. But, totally worth it in the end. I've reached many with my other books and the goal will be the same this round. To inspire, to connect, to change, to grow. Stay tuned, the book will in all major book chains in a couple months but is on sale NOW exclusively at www.beyondtheboard.net
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January 15th 2014 - Give-away and Athletes for Hope Twitter Chat
Congratulations to Emmitt Taylor the winner of the complete skateboard contest I hosted on Facebook. In conjunction with Acres of Fun, Danny Badertscher and myself presented Emmitt with the board tonight. When his father told him he had won Emmitt thought he was joking, he assured him he wasn't and the next minute they packed the family up and met up with me. I made sure to get them all skates and we made a fun night out of it. Many thanks to Danny and Acres of Fun for everything. As an all star member of Athletes for Hope I will be a guest on their first Twitter Chat. In honor of MLK Jr. Day, we will be talking about how and when to engage young athletes in volunteerism. Event is 1/20/14 at 12-1pm EST. Follow along on Twitter by hashtag #AFHService or @Ath4Hope. Lots ahead for 2014, stay tuned! Doug
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Best of 2013


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Novemeber 21st 2013 - Alliance and Updates!
I think I succeeded in bringing the sunshine to the city of Alliance today, the audience was great. So many good vibes. The stories some of the people shared after the program how my speech reached them, priceless. Nothing beats the relationship I have with the audience, I can't explain how good the connection was. Feeling grateful, thank you Alliance. Completely stoked to be a pro rider for Triple 8 Helmets which provided helmets for those in need for the Variety Children's Charity, and Variety Children's has teamed up with Star Wars... be sure to check out their new commercial, you will see Triple 8 Helmets. My new Christmas CD - I've selected 33 classic songs to perform on classical guitar with my original arrangements. Hope it adds to your holidays!
Order here Last weekend was the Holidays for Hunger 2013, it was a success, so many more events ahead, stay tuned! Doug
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Novemeber 4th 2013 - 4-H Junior Leaders Club
I had a great evening speaking to the teen 4-H Junior Leaders Club. Such a great audience, all the stories that came up. One of the teachers had been with 4H for many years and remembered my mother when she was a nurse for the 4H summer camps, was a nice touching story. They had lots of good questions and were very assertive to my program. While signing a poster for a young lady she made sure to tell me that she was born on April 9th, with a gleam in her eye, this was the same day my mother passed away. Was the perfect ending to the evening, life and death... living for today, living for those who are no longer with us. Lots of special moments happened tonight.
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October 24th 2013 - John R. Lea Middle School
I had a great time speaking today at John R. Lea middle school, they were a great receptive, warm audience. I speak all the time but it never gets old. I'm truly lucky to be in such a position to give back and inspire. Today was amazing.
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October 14th 2013 - Meriden Boys & Girls Club & In store signing
Had a great time speaking to the Boys & Girls Club in Meriden today. So many smiles and good vibes from the kids and staff. Next it was onto my signing at the Play it Again Sports store in Southington. The PIAS crew had a couple hours to spare between events so they took me up to the scenic overlook called Castle Craig. The view was breath taking, very serene and provided a nice break from the fast pace of the past few days. The in store signing was a blast, meeting so many new people and seeing some familiar faces as well. The in store ended with our traditional guitar jam with the owner John. After the event the PIAS crew took us all out for dinner to celebrate the weeks events. They even provided me a belated birthday by having the servers at the restaurant sing me happy birthday. There were so many special moments on this trip from visiting the Children's Medical Center to having a Hibachi dinner my first night in Connecticut. My skateboard put me in this position but my words, actions, efforts, people, and my heart and love for reaching others has kept me here. Past week and weekend were truly amazing, many thanks to everyone who came to events and Janet and John from Play it Again Sports in Southington. I'll sleep well tonight. Boarding a plane tomorrow morning. Till next time, Doug
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October 12th 2013 - Connecticut Special Olympics Fundraiser
I had an amazing day working with the Waterbury Police Department and their fundraiser for the CT Special Olympics. I was very happy to help out today, seeing many smiles, getting to skate for the kids, awesome. Was great to see some familiar faces from last year and to meet many new ones this year. Tomorrow morning I'll be visiting kids at the children's hospital. It's hard to put into words about everything I've done the past few days, it's been unreal... with much more ahead.
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October 11th 2013 - Bristol Boys & Girls Club
Today was awesome! I was picked up from my hotel then went straight to the Bristol CT skate park, it was a great cement park with great vibes. After signing some autographs it was on to our next stop. I spoke to the Boys & Girls club of Bristol. This was a great group, all ages I definitely felt my efforts reached them, they were an amazing group, the staff... everyone. Tomorrow is a huge event with the local police we are doing a big fundraiser for the Special Olympics. I'm off to dinner, what a special day.
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October 10th 2013 - Waterbury Boys & Girls Club in Connecticut
My day started today with a plane ride from Cleveland to Hartford Connecticut. From there the Play it Again Sports Southington dove me direct to the Waterbury Boys & Girls Club to speak. After my speech a young man looked up at me and said, "I wanna be just like you." It does reach my soul to see and hear that I've impacted someone, it's why I continue to do what I do. Tomorrow afternoon I'll be speaking to another Boys & Girls club in Bristol CT. This is the 6th year the PIAS has flown me out to do events with them. Back to the hotel for some sleep.
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October 4th 2013 - Young Elementary in Akron
Today was great! I got to speak to the students of Young Elementary in Springfield township. The energy and the excitement of these kids was contagious. They were very receptive to my program. After the presentation they invited me to have lunch with the whole school and have an autograph session with well over 300 kids. I made sure everyone left with a smile, an autograph, and hopefully some inspiration and hope from my speech, encouraging them to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Mission accomplished today. Next week I'll be boarding a plane for Connecticut, this will be my 6th year visiting with the Play it Again Sports chain, they have me visiting hospitals, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, camps, and an in-store signing in Southington. Till then, Doug
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October 2nd 2013 - Lady Mustangs Win!
Congratulations to the Lady Mustangs for winning tonight! It was an honor to be along side coach Felton and his nationally ranked team during this big game! Coach Felton and the team have made me their team theme for this season. They've adopted my 'capture the moment' philosophy to motivate them during their games. They have a skateboard for each game that a player gets to sign chosen by the coach as a VP team member by 'capturing the moment' during the game. I can't thank coach Felton and the whole team enough for making me a part of their season, it was an honor.
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October 1st 2013 - Meet and Greet at Montage
Wow, where do I begin on tonight? Thank you everyone who came out to Montage for the meet and greet. I do a lot of speaking events and this one stood out, the fans, the energy... It was a special night for sure. It was just one of those events where you know you reached your audience and made a true positive impact on them. Thanks again. This is a busy busy month, lots more to come.
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September 28th 2013 - Heartwalk and Woosterfest
What a great productive day, started out with the Heartwalk with team Aultman. Some of the stories individuals shared at the beginning of the event were so sad and touching... today was for a great cause and I was so happy to partake in the efforts of the American Heart Association. Next it was onto Woosterfest to judge the talent competition. Was great to see so much talent and everyone enjoying themselves. From there I got some skateboarding in at the local park then some quality time with my brother's family and my father for dinner and of course the Ohio State Football game.
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September 9th 2013 - Akron 1 Radio
Had a great busy day, Akron 1 radio interview went well, hanging with the band Cerebral. Calendar is filling up for the next couple months, it's been unreal. Thanks everyone for tuning in today. In October I will be presenting the best punk group award at the LMAs in Cleveland with Keepin' It Radio. Stay Tuned!
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September 1st 2013 - Skate Strum & Speak 2013
Had a great time yesterday at Skate Strum & Speak, many thanks to all the skaters and Heed the Call for everything! Many smiling faces, talented skaters and positive vibes.Next couple months are busy busy. September 9th at 4pm I will be doing an on air interview with Akron 1 Radio at the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. I'll be speaking at lots of schools next couple months. I'm flying to Connecticut in October with Play it Again Sports, stay tuned!
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August 30th 2013 - Skate Strum & Speak 2013
The photo on the left was taken by my grandfather in July of 1986 on South Cherry Street in Mt. Gilead Ohio. The big white house in the photo is where I used to spend my summers with my grandparents. My mother grew up in that house. I started on an old antique scooter that I found in their basement. Shortly after this photo I began skateboarding and the rest is history. My grandparents have now past but every Labor Day weekend as a tradition I still visit the Morrow County Fair. This year I made sure to have a skate down old South Cherry street for my mom and grandparents. 27 years after that photo was taken I'm still riding strong.
Click here to view the full photo.
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August 28th, 2013 - Nationally ranked soccer team uses my books as theme
Today I was invited to speak to a very special group of athletes. Coach Felton of the nationally ranked soccer team, the Lady Mustangs has used my books and philosophies for his team this year as a theme. "Capture the moment" is my motto they have been using. I was so moved that they knew my story and that I've been inspiring them for weeks without even knowing this till a few days ago. They were very receptive to my speech, I felt the reciprocation of energy and my purpose for being there. There were two simple chairs placed in a room for me and the coach, we were surrounded by the team, this was an intimate unplugged version of my program. It all felt very "Inside the actors studio with James Lipton." The intimacy and the topics tackled became a marriage of my life on and off the skateboard and their life on and off the field. Optimism, hope, believing in yourself and surviving adversity where at the forefront. In a couple months I will be joining the team on the bench as a guest for a pivotal game ahead. I'm beyond thankful and flattered by the events today. Many thanks to Coach Felton and the Lady Mustangs.
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August 17th, 2013 - Blueberry Festival and Skate Competition
Today was awesome. The skate competition was heated with tons of talent. Was amazing to see how far some people traveled to go to this event. It was a full day of great skating and positive vibes. It was nice to meet so many new people and families. I'm always trying to give back and inspire, past couple days mission accomplished. After the skate comp I enjoyed the festivities, watched the sun go down as my crew and I enjoyed the band British Invasion. Popcorn and fireworks wrapped the night up perfectly. After the long drive and being sore I'm ready for a good nights rest. Thanks everyone for coming out and being a part of the festival and skate competition, Till next time! Doug
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August 16th, 2013 - Foundations for Living
Today I spoke to the teens at the Foundations for Living. This booking was a long time in the making but I was so thankful I was able to speak to these teens and instill some positive thoughts and hopefully plant some seeds of hope and optimism. I know what strings to pull, I'm not so far removed from these teens and I remember going through those pivotal years and the issues they face. Some of these kids have been in this facility for over a year. I assured them that going through these adverse times will make them stronger people in the future. After the event we headed to Kingwood Center to visit the gardens then onto my hotel gearing up for the skate competition in Lexington.
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July 22nd, 2013 - Dog Skate and Updates
Two days ago I had a fun photo shoot for Outbreak Boards, we did a load of shots and upon leaving we see this couple, Tracy and Doreen walking their two dogs. As they are coming towards us they over hear us chatting how fun it would be to have the Dalmatian dog pull me... they were all about it. He was a dog trainer and she was a pet photographer, the stars were aligned ha. Skate events ahead in Chicago, Connecticut, Lexington, Ohio and Toronto Canada's Muskoka Woods Skate Camp all in August. My signature shoe will be out this September, I'll have more to report on that next time! Doug
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July 10th, 2013 - The Learning Garden, turning 40!
Yesterday was amazing. I spoke to the kids attending the summer camp at the Learning Garden. Upon my arrival it was nothing but smiles and great vibes. These kids were so energized and assertive to my program. A connection was clearly made, all the questions they had, the comments, the sea of high-fives, the smiles. After my program they surprised me with a birthday cake and a wall of posters they made saying Happy Birthday with drawings and greetings. They all sang to me at the top of their little lungs and the look in their faces, I about shed a tear or two. The hearts of the kids and staff at the Learning Garden have made a place in my heart today. It was an event to remember and the best way I could spend my last day in my thirties.Today I turn 40, a happy young 40, but the big 4-0. Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes! Happy to be alive and productive. Live on, skate on!
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