Pro Skater Toebee Parkhurst Wins Maine Business Award

Have you ever wondered what happened to pro skater Tobias "Toebee" Parkhurst? Well wonder no more. The 33 year old has been extremely busy with other endeavors as of late and recently won a business award in his home region of Central Maine. Here are a few more details:

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About the Award

In early January 2012 Parkhurst won the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional Award for his work in renovating the City of Augusta's downtown area and his work on the Augusta Skate Park Committee. He is scheduled to receive the award at an event later this month. I am sure that the award comes as no surprise to the folks of Augusta, Maine, because Parkhurst has quite a track record when it comes to civic engagement. He sits on the Augusta Boys & Girls Club for Teens' Board of Directors and has Co-Chaired the United Way of Kennebec Valley Campaign. While working with such organizations he has raised money to support multiple programs including a food bank, hospice and the United Valley Red Cross. In the past he has also worked with kids at the Skate School Gould Academy.

About Tobee Parkhurst

Tobias Parkhurst is a Waterville native and has been skating since he was 10 years old. He attended Maranacook Community High School and subsequently went on to the University of Hartford where he earned a BA in Political Science. As a young amateur, Parkhurst was one of the first members of the Optimis Skateboards Team. He worked hard and participated in many amateur skate competitions including the 1999 Tampa Am. He came in 4th at the Street Finals. He also took to the road that same year as part of the Philadelphia Experiment's Four Corners Tour. By January 2001 his hard work had paid off. He turned pro and was participating in multiple, high level skate competitions including the X-Games 7. Over the years he has also appeared in many skate videos including Ten Years After Theory and Nervous Breakdown. Although you may not see him at many major competitions these days, he continues to skate and is a member of the Theory Skate Team. He also has a new pro board out that features a lobster on it in homage to his hometown. In addition to skating, Parkhurst is the Chief Operating Officer at Oakes & Parkhurst Glass and owns several buildings in downtown Augusta, Maine.

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Updated Monday, Jan 9, 2012