Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jeff Ament helps build a skatepark

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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Jeff Ament is the subject of a cool new video that highlights the Missoula resident's passion for skateboarding and how he's hoping to promote the sport in underprivileged communities. Images of MOBASH and Ament's personal skatepark play prominently as the Big Sandy native describes what his deck meant to him while growing up in rural Montana — and still means to him as he pushes 50.

"I don't think there's anything like that thing of walking to the edge of a new bowl and looking at it and thinking, 'Oh my god, I can't believe they built this thing and they built it so good,'" he says. "You have that 14-year-old shake where you're so excited that your body can't contain itself. Skating still gives me that feeling. It takes me back to that 14-year-old kid who isn't jaded at all and is just full of wonder."

More importantly, the video shows how Ament helped build a new community skatepark on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Home to some of the highest poverty and teen suicide rates in the Western Hemisphere, the park represents a possible game-changer to the reservation's youth.

The video is part of an online series produced by Van's and titled "Pass the Bucket." It looks at "the humanitarian side of today's most celebrated action sport athletes, musicians, artists and foundations. A raw and transparent conversation of today's shocking realities and potential solutions."

Watch the full Ament episode here:

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