Don Hartley (Carver)

Seylynn Bowl, one of the oldest skate parks in North America. Historical site for skateboarding, world famous for over 30 years of history. I was there opening day trying to get a skate in before they officially opened it. From opening day till now when I think of Seylynn Bowl I think of Don Hartley "Carver Man". That park was design for him. His smooth style & fast line had a influence on my style dating back to the late 1970's. Don was a big part of the skate community in Vancouver. Was a Ambassador to the sport and a fixture at different skate events. I'm sure Don's Will would say for his ashes to be spread over Seylynn Bowl. Now if someone was to tell me before Canada Day that Don was to have a accident in the bowl and died I would have laughed and thought about the odds - "never happen, always wore a helmet, death in skate park, never happens, skating a lot safer then the public thinks". And that is what I'm struggling with three days after his death. I just can't believe it happened the way it did - Canada Day, Don's favorite place, skating with friends, Don not wearing a helmet (unusual) the odds, the place, the unbelievable circumstances. Accidents happen all the time. That is why they call them accidents "no one's fault" it just happened. But I guess if your going to go, it might as well be your favorite spot doing what you most enjoy. Don - the skate industry will remember you always. Thanks for the inspiration and the Carver will live on.
Kevin Harris

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