It’s said that boredom sparks innovation. In the early 50s, some bored surfers in California were looking for something to do when they couldn’t surf. Their spark was attaching a board to roller skate wheels and “sidewalk surfing” was born. Skateboarding has been growing ever since, now a multi-billion dollar industry with millions of skateboards around the globe.
In 2004, Go Skateboarding Day was created by skateboarding legend Don Brown in California on June 21st, the longest day of the year. Original he tried to recruit people from local skate companies, sending them a map or different skate spots to hit throughout the day. Now organized by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), every June 21st sees skateboarders in hundreds of cities meeting up a day of skateboarding and celebration.
This IASC says “Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by skateboarding, the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard. Go Skateboarding Day is a cooperative of decentralized events that take place around the globe. Skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skateparks, distributors, organizations and individuals of all colours, creeds, and attitudes hold skateboarding events to celebrate the holiday. Skateboarders around the world create their own events and traditions to celebrate skateboarding.”
In Vancouver for Skate Day 2018, they hit up the following skate spots, with $2,500 given out by sponsors for tricks at each location.
Start: Downtown Skate Plaza at 12 pm and roll from there…
1st Spot: Victory Square (RDS, Indy)
2nd Spot: Black Ice (Emerica)
3rd Spot: Georgia Banks (Element, Bones)
4th Spot: Art Gallery (Lakai, Girl)
5th Spot: Terry Fox (Stance)
6th Spot: Georgia Viaduct
End: Strathcona Skatepark (Roark)
The Boardroom BBQ + Red Bull Best Trick
Official After Party: Hip-Hop Karaoke // Go Skate Day afterparty & Go Skate Day After Party at Fortune Sound Club