RECAP: Grind for Life Series Presented by Marinela at Lakeland

Posted by Rob Meronek on Monday, July 27, 2020

With full social distancing and all CDC guidelines, #GFLSeries Presented by Marinela had a stop at Lakeland Skatepark. Check photos and video coverage below.

We worked cohesively with the City of Lakeland on this one. Their group and ours had signage posted on how to stay safe. We had five sanitation stations and the judging area was maintained at all times with disinfectant. Our staff wore masks as much as possible. All Registration was done online, no wristbands were issued, and no cash was accepted. You literally could not check-in on site…it all had to be done online. Staff was required to bring their own lunch since we we did not provide. Awards were done at a 6’ distance and the announcers specifically told the crowd to not gather when we handed out the Prizes (which we did more frequently at this stop so parents could leave with their kids if they chose to do so). The announcers discussed policies and protocol all day to remind the crowd about safety regulations. Thanks to everyone for working with us to maintain the lowest risk environment possible while we all had a good time skateboarding.

Photos by James Luedde and Rob Meronek.

It's an early morning of banner duty at 7am.
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Like a bear out of contest hibernation, The Body is awake and on site at 7am.
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Trap Nate and Gaspar.
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Jonny with a 50-50 at the first golden hour of the day.
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Posted.
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Quinn Harbin on a feeble.
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A sample from the decks.
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The guns need oil.
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Can you win a mask in the GFL raffle?
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Kris Clayton and pal.
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First some H2O.
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Then some Red Bull and the announcers are ready to kick it off.
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Gabriel looking good on a front board.
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How fast is Mikah's announcing with those shades on?
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For the next Digital event, we should just print a cutout of this photo and put them all around the park.
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Somebody did something over there. These are your judges: Porpe, Justin, and Stiv.
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PJ pushing a feeble to the end.
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I like when they're just having a conversation with each other over the mic like it's just them alone in a car or something.
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A very level front board.
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Rock and roll on the Jain bank.
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The El Yucateco hands are a hit.
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El Yucateco should make giant foam wristguards!
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Socially distanced El Yucateco hype.
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Thanks to the families.
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Laura and Shiloh on deck.
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You're your own pit crew out there.
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Mike and those raffles. Thanks to everyone that throws in on the raffles and helps raise money for the Grind for Life cause.
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Thinkin' about that score to drop.
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How fast is Stiv's judging with those shades on?
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Jorge gives Sponch a 100.
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Frontside nosegrind from Tiago.
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Jake and Tampa Timmy on deck.
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Mike and his raffles.
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Thanks to Igloo for backing GFL, but there is nothing cold about his back disaster in the hot sun.
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A good looking frontside lipslide.
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Frontside grind for the announcers.
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Jimmy Dennis gives himself a thumbs up. We give you one, too, Jimmy.
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Pat is greased up and slashing.
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Blaze is looking real good out there.
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Over in the bowl, Gabriel is also holding it down.
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Samples from the socially distant podium.
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Samples from the socially distant podium.
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Must be nice to do backside airs like this.
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Autumn on a frontside air.
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Shiloh frontside over the hip.
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Mike has more front rocks than raffle tickets.
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Jake about to crack the coping on a Madonna.
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Frontside hair and air.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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A supportive parent posted up first thing in the morning.
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Thanks for respecting the safety precautions.
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Grab a sheet of Jessup next time you come through.
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Dylan at the non-registration desk. Thanks everyone for handling it online so we could eliminate personal contact there.
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We come with our own power.
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This is James who shot most of the photos at this stop.
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Autumn with the early morning post.
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Pinguinos and Sponch figuring out the lay of the Marinela land.
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Thanks again, Mike.
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That's quite a kickflip snap from Quinn Harbin.
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Keep clean out there.
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I like when your front foot comes off a frontside bluntslide then the board just sucks back up before you pop out.
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Quinn on a feeble.
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Laura cracks one down the stairs to kick off the Women's Division.
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Shiloh's got more hair styles than GFL stops.
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These kids got really good late shuv-its.
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Anthony Benitez, thanks for skating your first GFL Series.
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Brian Scott sitting low on a feeble.
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Pause for a gear check with Nate.
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Hyped parents.
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Owen Franklin with a kickflip down.
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This 360 flip is going to two wheels up the step up.
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Jackson Tutor just skated his first contest ever this weekend. He didn't do so hot, but that's how it goes for just about everyone. He's a big fan of Trey Jones as we all are.
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2nd Street in Pompano Beach had a crew.
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Hope you came up on some free Jessup.
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A pop shuv late flip? The 90's are strong.
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Jake Yanko on a back smith for the judges.
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Jake going up the step up with a backside 360.
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Pause for a snack break with Marinela.
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Speaking of snacks, thanks Marinela for backing GFL.
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Thanks Lakeland for having us.
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More hyped parents. Some of them are in the contest with their kids which is always sick to see.
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Marcus Caseria with a feeble.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Jake with a back smith.
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Thanks to REAL Skateboards for the decks.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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Samples from the podium.
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A quick Barritas Marinela snack for the road. Thanks everyone!
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