JUNE 27: Skateboard Legend Chuck Dinkins

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We’ve got a real treat in store for you on our Wednesday, June 27, edition of the Kevin Sutton Show. Joining us in the studio will be a true legend of skateboarding: Chuck Dinkins. But many Orlando scenesters know Chuck as a mover and a shaker on the arts scene.

But more on that later. Let’s talk rolling thunder, shall we?

Dinkins, considered one of the best all-around skaters of his time, turned pro back in 1987 and quickly made a name for himself for his street style and ramp attacks.

How good is Chuck? He was inducted into the Florida Skateboarder Hall of Fame. Notice I said “is.” Yes, he still skates and skates well. He won the 2011 overall for the Grind For Life skate park series for the 40-46 division. Not bad for an “old man.”

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An knee injury sidelined his efforts and he is still recovering after surgery back in October of 2011. He hopes to get back on wheels soon to do some downhill racing in 2013. Gear up!

As I mentioned before Dinkins has been quite active in the local arts and entertainment scene in Central Florida for more than a decade. He worked as promotions man for the Sapphire Supper Club (now The Social) when it was the coolest place in town.

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Dinkins also worked for the House of Blues for 8 years, helping build the reputation of the mega-venue during its infancy and beyond. Chuck has also done stints with CityArts Factory and the Seminole Cultural Arts Council.

Most recently, he’s been a private consultant for various events and clubs (including Firestone Live). He’s currently the Client Development Manager for the Core East division for Ticketmaster.

Chuck also has two kids – Grace, 13, and Landon, 10 – and a beautiful yogi girlfriend, Maureen, who together “keep me grounded” he says.

We certainly will have a lot to talk about with Chuck …

Lead photo by Esha Chiocchio. Middle photo by Tony Rage. Bottom photo by Farid Abraham.

- Marky Mark