died last week, doing what he loved best
Derek Gertz, 18, of Bowie, a nationally distinguished skateboarder, died Friday of head injuries suffered in an accidental fall while skateboarding in College Park. ….\
A semiprofessional, he was a two-time winner of the local Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour, in 2003 and 2004, and he competed in a national tournament in San Diego. He participated in several film and video productions about skateboarding.\
“Everybody in Bowie that’s ever been good on a board, and everyone who wanted to be good, thought Derek was the best skateboarder Bowie ever produced,” said Kevin LeMaster, co-owner of Velocity Skate Shop in Bowie, which sponsored Mr. Gertz from 2003 to 2007. “He was a natural,” agreed Velocity co-owner James Grayson.
announced by Mike Holm
Derek was an extremely talented Skateboarder, Video Producer, Writer and DJ. Derek lived his life with a direction that most can only dream we had the courage to do, but never will.
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He was definitely a ripper and a chill kid, he really helped me out trying to get my friend sponsored and gave me some good advice. A real loss
— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times