Nate Viands recently spent two days in San Francisco to tie in with the release of his Actions REALized board. Whilst he was out there Nate spent some time skating with Real riders Dennis Busenitz and Jafin Garvey, he managed to stack up over two minutes of footage… not bad at all for a 7 year old! Check out what forty eight hours of skating with Dennis and Jafin looks like for Nate.
Read on below to learn about Nate’s story, how him and his father became involved with Real.
“Our journey with Nate Viands started over 3 years ago when his Dad Scott reached out to us after Nate was diagnosed with Leukemia a few months before his 4th birthday.
Nate couldn’t play normal sports with other kids because of the shared germs that could be life threatening to his weakened immune system. Scott, who had grown up skating in Philly but had been off the board for over a decade, thought he could use skateboarding as a way for them both to take their minds off the rigorous cancer treatments. A quick trip to Exit Skateshop and Nate has been skating relentlessly ever since.
A simple ‘Thank You for making a board small enough for my son’ message has grown into a friendship with the Viands family that we wouldn’t trade for anything.
We flew Nate out to SF to surprise him with a new Actions REALized board to raise money for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Needless to say he skated non-stop the entire time.
Don’t stop pushing Nate. Just take a break once and awhile, you’re making the rest of the team look bad.”