It’s International Go Skateboarding Day!
Today and every June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day. It’s basically a day where skateboard fans around the world blow off all other obligations to go skateboarding. For some it’s not much different from what they do every day, but today makes it official.
They’ll skate across cities, gather in skate parks, head to their local skate shop, some will skate alone.
The holiday, actually more like an observance, began in 2003 as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority. It started with a few skaters gathering together and having barbeques in skateboarding’s world capital, southern California. Skateboarders say there’s nothing quite like the exhilaration and creativity of riding a board.
Skateboarding pros make millions in endorsements, appearances and in competitions. The most famous is probably Tony Hawk. He’s retired from competitions, but he has at least 15 tricks that he invented and patented like the Airwalk, Backside Aerial, Ollie to Indy, Saran Wrap, Stale Fish and Gymnast Plant. I don’t know what any of those are, but they’re a pretty big deal to skateboarders.
Skateboarding began in the early 1900s, when all you needed was a two by four, a produce crate, roller skates and some nails. They were basically scooters until the 1950’s when kids took the handles off and rode hands free.
Source: International Association of Skateboard Companies