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Shaun White to swim with stingrays and conquer the Black Pearl

April 29, 2009 |  1:36 pm

Shaunwhite1 I caught up with Shaun White on Tuesday and learned the skateboarder-snowboarder-Olympic gold medalist is on crutches with a bone chip in one ankle, but anticipating a busy skateboarding season.

As soon as he's able he'll start practicing intensely in preparation for this summer's Maloof Money Cup, Dew Tour and X Games. But first he'll travel to the Cayman Islands to be part of a camp called Skate Cayman, at which tourists and locals will spend June 12 riding with Shaun at the famous 60,000-square-foot Black Pearl skate park.

(Other athletes involved with Skate Cayman are Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg and Brian Sumner.)

Asked what kind of people he'll be skating with, White paused and quipped, "Snorkelers." The Caribbean paradise is renowned for its snorkeling and diving, and White plans to swim with stingrays, explore reefs and ride some waves. "I'm actually searching out a surf spot right now," he said. "But if not there's an actual wave machine next to the park."

It'll be a good break for the Carlsbad mega-star who, after the summer, will change boards and begin a grueling snow season in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

To learn more about Skate Cayman, click here.

--Pete Thomas

Aerial view of Black Pearl Skate Park, Grand Cayman

Top photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times. Aerial view of Black Pearl Skate & Surf courtesy of Cayman Islands