Professional skateboarder Manny Santiago has been running his own contest in Puerto Rico for the last three years. The amount of work is astonishing, let alone the fact that the majority of the funding for the event has come out of Santiago’s own pocket. His attitude towards the project has always been from a place of positivity and humility, he stated;
“I’m just happy everyone was hyped, if anyone is in the situation where they can help then they should.”
For the fourth anniversary of the Prince of Puerto Rico contest, Manny had the amaraREPS team backing him the whole way. This collaborative effort led to a few simple, yet crucial mission points:
- To promote the growth of skateboarding in Puerto Rico
- To provide the community with a family friendly event
- To shine a spotlight on health + fitness
- To encourage friendship through skateboarding
- To increase brand awareness in a positive light for all participating sponsors
With our goals clearly defined, we boarded the plane and were off on another adventure! Here’s some photos that we were able to catch during the trip.
Manny + co being filmed for the series “Live & Learn”
A small peek of the product brought for the kids of Puerto Rico
Jordan Hoffart out on a night mission in the streets of Puerto Rico
Memorabilia from past trips by Manny and other skaters
Manny hanging with some of the kids from the Boys and Girls Club
The crew building a new ramp for the kids. S/O to OCRamps for making the donation!
Fico with a kickflip crook
Salt and Pepper enjoying the wildlife
Dave Bachinsky hitching a ride
The Boys and Girls Club gave us a taste of the real Puerto Rico!
MSA showing dedication to his Prince of Pureto Rico contest
Dave B hardflipping at a demo with media in full effect
Jordan throwing out a heelflip late shove it!
Chaz Ortiz locking into a front blunt
Manny’s frontside flip was a fan favorite
Pro skaters Felix Arguelles, Jordan Hoffart, Dave Bachinsky, Chaz Ortiz, and Manny Santiago
Jordan and Felix mid judging at the 2014 Prince of Puerto Rico contest
Trophies and prizes for the winners!
Manny always makes time for the fans
All in all it was an amazing time and provided us an opportunity to do something positive for a community and a client. Keep an eye out for the upcoming episodes of “Live & Learn” and find out who was crowned Prince of Puerto Rico! Stay Superb!