Inspired and frustrated by their mothers’ battle with breast cancer, two North Lake Tahoe locals had to do something.
Combining their love of skateboarding and their families, Skate the Lake, a 28-mile skateboard relay along the North Lake Tahoe bike path was born. A dozen years later the relay to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer is still going strong along with their moms. Skate the Lake takes place annually in August.
Skate the Lake was created in 2005 by two North Lake Tahoe friends, Chuck Vogt and Curt Sterner. Both Chuck and Curt’s mom’s were battling battle breast cancer and they wanted to do something to voice their frustrations. They combined their passion for longboarding and music and created Skate the Lake to honor their mothers and help raise breast cancer awareness in Lake Tahoe. The tragedy has helped to unite a mother and son, nurture a local cause and the meaning of love and relationships.
Skate the Lake is a 28-mile longboarding marathon that promotes an active lifestyle while raising awareness and funds for Boarding For Breast Cancer’s (B4BC) education and prevention programs.
The series attracts skaters young and old and of all abilities to push for the cause! Longboards are usually the standard, but shorties, or any and all participation is encouraged including bike riding, walking, volunteering or simply cheering on the participants. The day’s activities include the skate, live music, and education provided by Boarding for Breast Cancer educational booth.