Grind for Life and Taylor Guitars

Friday April 4, 2008
By: Taylor Guitars News

On March 8, Taylor Guitars hung out at Krause Family Skate Park in Clairemont, California, along with a group of legendary skateboard and BMX pros and nearly 2,000 fans, for “Clash2,” a charity event sponsored by PacSun and the Mission Valley YMCA. The event’s purpose was to raise funds for Grind for Life, the San Diego-based non-profit dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families.

Taylor and PacSun provided Baby Taylors to a select group of athletes who donated their time to demo their skills at Clash2, including Tony (“Birdman”) Hawk, Kevin Staab and Adrian Demain, who, in addition to being a skateboard pro, is also an accomplished musician, having played guitar with Stray Cats’ bassist and solo artist, Lee Rocker. Demain now heads up the electric guitar department at Buffalo Brothers Guitars, in nearby Carlsbad.

At Clash2, fans jammed all day long at “The Tonewoods” booth on the donated Baby Taylors, a T5 and a SolidBody Classic. BMX giant Matt Hoffman, a developing musician determined to take his music to the next level, was especially thrilled with his Baby Taylor. “I am leaving for Hawaii with my family and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect as I wanted to take a guitar with me on the plane and to the islands,” Hoffman enthused. “This Baby Taylor is perfect!”

$14,000 was raised for Grind for Life at Clash2, according to Grind for Life founder Mike Rogers, a lifelong skateboarder and two-time cancer survivor. There were quite a few big names in attendance including Bucky Lasek, Andy MacDonald, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Tony Magnusson, Steve Alba, Neil Hendrix, Mat Hoffman, Rick Thorne.

Taylor Guitars is lending a hand to raise money and support for Grind for Life by raffling off a Baby Taylor Guitar signed by world-famous athletes. The bidding is still open at Search: Maple Baby Taylor Acoustic Travel Guitar or Search: Item # 300215191196.

For more information about Grind for Life, log on to

Clash at Clairemont II website

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