Ben Raemers

Ben Raemers (4 November 1990 – 14 May 2019) was a British professional skateboarder.[1][2] He has been described as one of the greatest British skateboarders ever.[1]

Ben Raemers
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Born(1990-11-04)4 November 1990
Colchester, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Died14 May 2019(2019-05-14) (aged 28)
OccupationProfessional skateboarder

Early lifeEdit

Ben Raemers was born on 4 November 1990 in Colchester, Essex, England, United Kingdom.[3][4]

Raemers first started skateboarding at the age of 10 when living in his mothers flat in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.[1]

Life and careerEdit

Ben rode for various brands throughout his career including Consolidated Skateboards and éS Footwear. He ultimately settled to ride for Enjoi, Independent Trucks, Volcom and Cons until his death.

Raemers was a cast member in King of the Road 2016.[2]

DeathEdit

Raemers died by suicide on 14 May 2019, at the age of 28.[1][5]

LegacyEdit

The Ben Raemers Foundation was established in 2019 following Ben's death. The Ben Raemers Foundation is a skateboarding organisation that aims to end the stigma and burden that often clouds issues of mental health by bringing awareness of these issues and suicide to the forefront within the wider skateboarding community.[6]

The Ben Raemers Foundation logo is a vectorised silhouette of Ben’s side profile. This logo can be seen on the ramps of a number of skateparks, including Croxley Green skatepark.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "The death of a British skateboarding hero". BBC News. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "King of the Road Season 2: Teams Announced". Thrasher Magazine. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Ben Raemers". Enjoi. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Debuts - Ben Raemers". Sidewalk. 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  5. ^ "UPDATE: Enjoi Confirms That Ben Raemers Has Passed Away at Age 28". Skate Newswire. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  6. ^ "The Ben Raemers Foundation". www.thrashermagazine.com. Retrieved 23 May 2020.

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