Go Skateboarding Day

imageGo Skateboarding Day (GSD) is an official annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote skateboarding, which is celebrated on June 21. This year (2015) it will be on fathers day. The event was conceived 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 enjoy the sport. This holiday is celebrated by millions of skaters around the world. 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.

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: Thousands of skaters that showed up to Hollenbeck Skate Plaza, LA. North Florida’s Hemming Plaza hosts an annual Go Skate Day celebration.Nike sponsored a large Go Skateboarding Day event in Cologne. The charity organistation 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. Vans hold an annual celebration of Go Skate Day in Singapore. In 2014, hundreds of skaters showed up at Sommerset Skate Park for the event. Hundreds of skateboarders joined in to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day in Lima, Peru

Unfortunately 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 and were arrested. Baird and the involved skaters contend that the police used excessive force, while the police maintain that the officer was enforcing a city ordinance.

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