Rest in Peace Ben Raemers
Nobody is prepared to write things like these. Ben Raemers took his life over the weekend. Words can’t describe the pain and hurt in my heart right now thinking of his poor soul and the burden he must’ve carried deep within. On the outside, Ben was such a happy-go-lucky guy who would share everything he had with his mates. To best describe him would be to say he was a puppy dog—bundles of energy mixed with dumb curiosity tangled within a body with absolutely no coordination. Every day was an adventure. Every experience, no matter what it was, was the best thing he had ever done. He had this aura about him and he left an impact on every single person he met. I loved Ben like only an older brother could—being disappointed with him at him at times, and so, so proud of him at others. I have this overwhelming feeling of guilt for not seeing the signs. I’m devastated he never reached out for help, but mostly I’m angry I’ll never see my little buddy again. Ben will forever live on in my heart as that naive puppy dog running around happily exploring the world. He will forever be young. Your friends will always love you and miss you, Ben. —Louie Barletta
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2/22/2020From the streets of San Jose comes a full-length of rare achievement. Crisp VX colors, appearances from Tiltmode royalty, Ben Raemers footy and a hectic ender part from Peter Raffin make it a hell of a watch. This will start your skate day off right.
2/18/2020For far too long, people have hidden the pain of issues such as anxiety and depression. Thank you, Nick Jensen, for sharing your experiences and helping to break the stigmas associated with mental health. BIG LOVE.
1/15/2020Some of the best people in skating descended on Portland to rally behind Rattray and the fight against mental illness. Check the photos here.
12/21/2019The enjoi army skips across the Pacific to dance on those dreamy spots in Seoul. All dedicated to Ben Raemers. Big Love...
12/05/2019Jon was a pioneering champion for disabled skaters and practically made his invisible with an attitude and attack on the board true to his Texas roots. He knew there were others in way worse situations. Glad to have had some great sessions with you. Our deepest condolences to the Comer family. –Sam Hitz