June 21st is the 16th 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
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 MIAMI
Best of Session at Design District – Starts at 5pm
- Drinks and Food
3. CELEBRATE GO SKATEBOARDING DAY IN PALM BEACH
Go Skateboarding Day 2019 • 6/21/19 from 2pm til whenever
- Mini Ramp Jam
- Free Food
- Product Toss
- Best Trick Contest
- Hosted by Brad Cromer
4. CELEBRATE GO SKATEBOARDING DAY IN BROWARD
Skateboarding Art Show and Parking Lot Skate Session June 21st @inchoate_art gallery 7pm till 1am. Come support local skaters and the art they create.
Stop in Island Water Sports and grab a new deck before you head out to your #GSD2017 event:
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL HOMETOWN SKATERS
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