Ryan Dewitt is a house hold name in the skate industry and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. His love for skateboarding and enthusiasm for this industry is such a breath of fresh air to retailers like us. He always makes you want to do bigger and better things. He has gone above and beyond for IWS as a shop and supported us in everything we do. Helping us with every event, team riders, and all aspects of our business.
As some of you might know, Ryan DeWitt's home was burned to the ground on Saturday afternoon in a natural gas explosion. Fortunately he was attending the John John event at the House of Vans and his dog Gizmo was at Ryan's brothers house. Unfortunately Ryan lost everything except the backpack he brought with him that day. Ryan does not have renter's insurance.
We all know how amazing Ryan is and even through this tragic event his spirit remains upbeat. He would be the first person to ask, "What can I do to help?" if this had happened to one of his peers. I am asking for your help in raising as much as we can to help Ryan get back on his feet again.
My name is Toni. I have lived in South Florida for most of my life and remember always looking forward to Island Water Sport's Midnight Madness. IWS has always been family. Growing up with a dad who loved to surf, I naturally loved the water. I have been blessed to work in the skateboarding industry while freelancing for magazines like Eastern Surf Magazine, The Paper, Juxtapose, Reggae Times, and Big Brother. Although I love to dabble in writing, marketing, and geeking out on the internet, my life's passion is investing in the lives of skateboarders and building skateparks around the world with my family.