June 21st is the 14th annual celebration of the day when skaters “blow off all other obligations to go skateboarding” as a way to bring global recognition to a sport they love. Skateboarders will celebrate their local communities with events all over the world.
What is Go Skateboarding Day?
GSD is a day skateboarders around the world have come to know. The holiday was conceived in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to help make skateboarding more recognized around the world. Through various events held globally in major cities, Go Skateboarding Day has made HUGE strides in bringing awareness on the importance of having places for skaters to enjoy what they love to do.
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 enjoy the sport. And, this holiday is celebrated by millions of skaters around the world.
The holiday is heard to have been started on July 14, 2002 when New Yorkers Kerel “Srikala” Roach and Bryan Chin organized the first All City Skate Jam and circulated flyers for a day-long gathering of skaters from all walks for life. The day was a celebration that gained attention from other pros and larger businesses, including the International Association of Skateboard Companies, which, a year later, christened June 21 Go Skateboarding Day by 5boro Skateboards founder/owner, Steve Rodriguez.
Now Skateboarding Day boasts hundred of thousands of participants in each year all over the world. New York and San Paulo Brasil have declared it an official holiday and are both said to hold two of the largest gatherings in the world.
South Florida Go Skateboarding Day Events
1. GET INVOLVED – SIGNED THE PETITION TO HELP SOUTH FLORIDA BRING MORE PLACES TO SKATE TO OUR SKATE COMMUNITY
Join us at Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Hillsboro Technology Drive, Deerfield Beach at 7:30pm for the annual budget meeting and to rally support for the park to be built in Deerfield Beach. Invite your friends and family to be part of this important meeting that happens to fall on “Go Skate Day”. Coincidence….maybe not?!?! See the Facebook Event Page here.
Deerfield Beach has always been a small South Florida surf and skate town with local shop Island Water Sports being a cornerstone for over 30 years. We have beautiful beaches and many young people that enjoy an active lifestyle. The city boasts great city parks but not one offers a place for our community to skate. Help us to change that and bring a state-of-the-art park to Deerfield Beach. SIGN THE PETITION HERE and follow the updates on the FACEBOOK PAGE.
2. CELEBRATE GO SKATEBOARDING DAY IN CORAL SPRINGS
Skate Fest at Drop in Action Sports Complex, 12pm – 8pm,
- Skate Free ALL DAY
- Best Trick Contest, $5 Entry, Winner Takes All
- Longest Grind, Battle Royal, & More
3. CELEBRATE GO SKATEBOARDING DAY IN MIAMI
Andrew Skateshop, Skate Free Florida, & Nike SB are hosting two events in Miami.
- Lot 11, 12pm – 3pm
- Omni Park, 3:30pm – 7pm
- Best Tricks, Giveaways and Good times
Go Skateboarding Day at TF305 located at 3580 NW 54th St., Bay 5211, Miami, Florida 33142, 8pm-11pm $5
- Night Session at Training Facility 305
4. Celebrate Go Skateboard Day in Jupiter
Abacoa Skatepark will be celebrate Go Skateboarding Day. Jupiter Skate Park is located inside of Abacoa Community Park – 1501 W. Frederick Small Road)
- FREE skate sessions at Jupiter Skate Park all day
- Special games begin at 1:30 pm
Stop in Island Water Sports and grab a new deck before you head out to your #GSD2017 event