Go Skateboarding Day

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Go Skateboarding Day (GSD) is an annual holiday created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote skateboarding. The holiday was started in New York City by Kerel "SriKala" Roach and Bryan Chin in 2002. Originally called the All Star City Skate Jam. Later renamed Go Skate Day in 2004.

History[edit]

Go Skateboarding Day 2009 in Calgary

The holiday was created in 2004 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. In 2006, more than 350 events took place in 32 countries around the world, and, the following year, the IASC received Special Congressional Recognition from US Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for its work in promoting the sport of skateboarding and encouraging young people to get outside and practice the sport.[1]

Celebrations and Events in 2014[edit]

Hundreds of people skated in Albany, NY [2]

In the west country of the UK, Erik Ellington, Spencer Hamilton, Dee Ostrander and Lizard King joined Bristol locals such as Korahn Gayle, Josh Arnott, Paul Carter, and Dave Snaddon to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day in 2014: [3]

Thousands of skaters showed up to Hollenbeck Skate Plaza, LA. [4]

North Florida's Hemming Plaza hosts an annual Go Skate Day celebration. [5]

Nike sponsored a large Go Skateboarding Day event in Cologne [6]

The charity organisation Skatistan has been celebrating Go Skateboarding Day in Afghanistan since 2009. In 2014, their events also spread to Cambodia and South Africa, and more than 150 students came along with their families and friends to join street parades in Kabul and over 200 attended celebrations in Mazar-e-Sharif. [7]

Vans holds an annual celebration of Go Skate Day in Singapore. In 2014, hundreds of skaters went to Sommerset Skate Park for the event. [8]

Hundreds of skateboarders joined in to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day in Lima, Peru [9]

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; the police maintain that the officer was enforcing a city ordinance. [10] The incident made headlines when a YouTube video of the arrest was uploaded, being viewed three million times, followed by intense internet debate over the incident. [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Government Goes Skateboarding".
  2. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Albany NY".
  3. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Bristol, UK".
  4. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Hollenbeck Skate Plaza, LA". Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  5. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in North Florida's Hemming Plaza".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Cologne".
  7. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Afghanistan". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  8. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Singapore". Archived from the original on 2015-07-18.
  9. ^ "2014 Go Skateboarding Day event in Lima, Peru".
  10. ^ "Cops vs. Skaters: Video of Skater Arrest Leads to Investigation". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  11. ^ "YouTube: Video of Arrest - go skateboarding day:cops vs. skaters". YouTube user:toymachine16. Retrieved 2008-01-19.

External links[edit]

History of go skateboarding day in NYC BY Steve Rodriguez]