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They’re really grinding it out.
Skateboarders, artists and the deep-pocketed hung out at the Montauk Beach House this weekend to raise money to renovate the hamlet’s skate park.
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith and stars of HBO’s skateboarding show “Betty” Ajani Russell, Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace and Moonbear were spotted at the event perusing skate decks designed by artists like Lucien Smith and William Quigley, that are up for auction.
While Montauk may be thought of as a surfing town, Walt Lindveld, who curated the art sale, tells us “surfing and skateboarding go hand-in-hand. A lot of the people that surf are skaters. One was born from the other.”
The goal was to raise $1 million to help renovate and help expand the skate park. Originally designed in 1999 by legendary skateboarder Andy Kessler, the new park will be worked on by Tito Porrata of Pivot Custom. (Kessler passed away in 2009.) Lindveld tells us the update and expansion will make it more “accessible,” “safer,” and “smoother.”
The park — which will expand to cover a former basketball court and could end up as large as 7,000 square feet — is set to be paid for by a public-private partnership with the East Hampton Town paying for part and the community raising money for the rest.
Funds are also to be raised with a raffle for a customized 1960 Ford F100 pickup truck that runs until August.
Also happening out in Montauk this weekend: a performance by singer Cautious Clay at Surf Lodge. His debut album “Deadpan Love” comes out in June.