Go Skateboarding Day

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Go Skateboarding Day (GSD) is an official annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote skateboarding. It is usually marked on June 21.[1]

History[edit]

Go Skateboarding Day 2009 in Calgary

The name for the holiday possibly originated from the "No Skateboarding" signs which often has been changed to "Go Skateboarding." by local skaters. The holiday was conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to help make skateboarding more accessible to the world through various events held in major cities around the world. Beginning with the first celebration in 2004, GSD has since received Special Congressional Recognition from the US Congress for promoting the sport of skateboarding. This holiday is celebrated by millions of skaters around the world. [2][3]5boro Skateboards founder/owner, Steve Rodriguez, started Go Skateboarding Day in NYC. It was originally titled the All City Skate Jam. Now GSD accrues thousands of participants in each year all over the world. GSD NYC is considered one of the largest single gatherings of skateboarders in the world and is now considered an official holiday.

2007 YouTube arrest incident[edit]

Some skaters celebrating Go Skateboarding Day have had conflicts with the law in the past. One of the more notable incidents involved skaters Matt McCormack, Skylar Nalls, Robbie Brindley, Casey Canterbury and several other friends in Hot Springs, Arkansas where they were involved in an incident with police. Baird and the involved skaters contend that the police used excessive force when they arrested them while the police maintain that the officer was enforcing a city ordinance. [4] The incident made headlines when a YouTube video of the arrest was uploaded drawing over three million views and intense internet debate over the incident. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Go Skate Day postponed until June 27th.". [dead link]
  2. ^ "Congress officially proclaims June 19 Go Skateboarding Day.". Active.com, ESPN partner. Retrieved 2007-12-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Skate Jam attracts laid-back crowd". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 2007-06-05. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Cops vs. Skaters: Video of Skater Arrest Leads to Investigation". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  5. ^ "YouTube: Video of Arrest - go skateboarding day:cops vs. skaters". YouTube user:toymachine16. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 

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