In its eighth consecutive year, the Matt Gray Memorial has raised over $20,000 in local college scholarships. The event combines three of Matt’s favorite things, surfing, skateboarding and art.
The event kicks off on Friday night at the Oceanside Rotary Skate Park on the grounds of the Jack Russell Park at 800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach. Boys and girls, ages 5 to 40, will compete in the one-of-a-kind skate bowl. Great raffles and live art displays are set up around the perimeter of the park. Local businesses will donate food, local artists will donate their work and live art will take place during the entire skate event.
On Saturday, the event moves to 19th Street in Atlantic Beach for the surfing competition. Regardless of wave size, everyone at the beach has fun. This year’s slogan is, “Plant some good vibes.” Each finalist receives a potted plant and the winners of each division receive a piece of custom artwork painted onsite during the contest.
The event brings the local beach community together to remember Matt and what a warmhearted soul he was. The memorial means the world to Matt’s family and many others who loved him. All proceeds from the event go directly into the Matt Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has helped over 15 students achieve their goals of a college education. Impressive skateboarding, amazing surfing, beautiful art and fellowship fill the weekend. Matt would have wanted it that way.
- Matt was a vocal leader at city council meeting and in the community, supporting the drive to construct the skate park in Atlantic Beach
- Matt died tragically at 21, when he was hit by a car while walking home
- At the time, he was studying art education at a local university