While Martin continues to recover at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, son Brandon and other volunteers have been working to get Skatopia ready for the bash, now in its fourteenth year, which begins today and continues through Sunday. The free event welcomes thrash and metal bands on six stages and all the skating a thrasher can take.
As for Martin, Skatopia’s website is reporting he received major head trauma when a tire exploded in a tire shop near Skatopia last week. Yesterday, Martin’s mother, Pat, told The Daily Sentinel Brewce had initially undergone surgery to relieve swelling around his brain at Cabell-Huntington Hospital. Brewce was in critical condition and in the intensive care unit. Pat said 12 hours after surgery, Brewce’s neurosurgeon was “astounded” at the progress Brewce had made. Brewce is now out of ICU but Pat said it will likely be a long recovery.
“Every day he’s a little bit better,” Pat added. “He’s doing reasonably well.”
Pat also said Brewce is awake, lucid, responds to commands and recognizes family and friends. She added Brewce was undergoing two surgeries yesterday due to facial fractures and a broken arm. Pat is asking only immediate family and close friends visit at the hospital. She asked everyone to check the Skatopia website for updates on Brewce’s condition. Organizers of Bowl Bash 14 are asking all bands, skaters and patrons to attend to “show love and support for Brewce during his recovery.” Of course donations of labor, concrete (for skating bowls) and cash are also always welcome to the skate park which is free to all and a registered non-profit organization.
Skatopia’s website is also reporting “Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy,” the documentary about Brewce and his vision, will have a sneak peak on Saturday at the Bowl Bash. From there it premieres at Acefest in New York.
Skatopia is on Hutton Road in Rutland Township and has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Tony Hawk’s Underground Two and MTV’s Viva La Bam.