'Go Skateboarding Day' Grinds On Worldwide

Posted: 6/20/2013 3:41:37 EDT
      

Skateboarders around the globe celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Go Skateboarding Day" by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding...

Go Skateboarding Day is This Friday June 21!

It’s been a growing tradition over the last ten years. Every June 21st skaters around the world flood the streets of cities and towns, much to the chagrin of local law enforcement, to revel in their sport and ignore responsibilities and city ordinances. Organizers say,

“This is just one more reason to blow off your television/computer/video games and go skateboarding!”

Flying low / Volando bajo

Credit: Jesus Solana

The Smithsonian Welcomes Skateboarders for Go Skateboarding Day

Even the Smithsonian is taking notice. This year the National Museum of American History will be hosting a public festival complete with a mini-ramp built by CA Skateparks facing the National Mall.

The Lemelson Center will announce its new project to start a museum collection of skateboarding history to “celebrate skate culture’s widespread innovative spirit.”

Events Planned Worldwide for Go Skateboarding Day 2013

From Jungle Gym Magazine:

Attention all global skaters, Go Skateboarding Day is back with their annual skating event for 2013. This year CCS partnered with Nike SB, 5Boro, Red Bull along with A-list pro skateboarders including Paul Rodriguez, Stefan Janoski and Shane O’Neill to par take in this massive cross city event.

Big plans in the works?

Kuala Lumpur, 2008

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Calgary, 2009

Credit: Robert Thivierge

Oklahoma City 2011

Credit Ethan Hickerson

So, maybe you need some inspiration...

A little history...

Jay Adams, Credit: Glen Friedman

In the 60s and 70s, skateboarding competitions that had been the purview of preppy, clean cut kids. But in 1975, the Z-Boys arrived on the scene and created an uproar.

The Zephyr skate team from Santa Monica broke the mold and laid the foundation for modern skateboarding both in technique and attitude. They were surfers who took up skating in the winter and they used skateboards to practice their surf skills.

Their surfer style blew away the competition and helped make skateboarding a worldwide phenomenon.

Where it all started

You don't have to be that good...

but, at least better than this:

Skateboarding 101

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