Get ready because there are eight days and counting until hundreds of thousands of skateboarders from around the world hop on board for the 9th Annual International Go Skateboarding Day (GSD) on June 21st, 2011. Since this year's GSD is on a Tuesday, events are starting as early as the weekend before and they are popping up all over the world. Skate product giveaways, contests, and demos will be held at some of America's biggest skate parks as well as in parks in Panama, England and Austria, to name a few.
GSD unites the global skateboard family to have fun, raise money and awareness for needy skateparks, promote local skate shops, and raise money for local charities and community needs.
We know you just want to find out where to get involved so here are just a small sampling of events across the U.S. that you can attend to support GSD:
- Definitely don't miss out in this New York City event! 5boro Skateboards is once again organizing what is known as the largest Go Skateboarding Day event in the world. Presenting sponsor is Maloof Money Cup, with supporting sponsors Vans, Volcom, Red Bull and CCS, and non-profit community partner, the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. The event starts are 11:00 am on June 21st at the Maloof Money Cup Skatepark and hits LES at 2:00 pm and ends in Williamsburg at 5:00 pm. For details of the full day please check out www.5boro.com or maloofmoneycup.com.
- Roots Advocates for Youth in Kapaau, Hawaii, has teamed up with Oasis Skateboard Shop to celebrate their 3rd Annual Go Skate Day Parade which begins at 10:30 am on June 21st, 2011. Don't miss out on live music, DJ's and prizes. This is their annual fundraiser to build Roots Skatepark.
- Fairfax Skateshop and the Wakefield Skatepark in Annandale Virginia will be skating for a cause June 17-18th. Support the Children's National Medical Center at Skatefest 2011. More information can be found at at www.skatefestfairfax.com
- Bring your blanket or chair and hang out all day at the Go Skateboarding Day Festival on June 21, 2011 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Sycamore Creek Park at Covered Bridge Lane in Pickerington, OH. There will be a FREE clinic at 10 am, tons of prizes, food and drinks. For more information, contact Mason Reta (email@example.com)
- The main event taking place in Venice Beach, California is GSD Venice happening on June 21, 2011. GSD Venice is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Venice Beach skatepark. Join pros from Almost, Globe, Enjoi, Darkstar, and more and help raise funds for Boarding for Breast Cancer.
- Sector 9 Skateboards reminds us to Push don't Polute by hosting their 5th annual Boardwalk Poker Run in San Diego, CA Free food will be provided by Wahoo's for all participants, fun and games in the park, and free prizes and giveaways. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- The City of Tacoma is going to make skateboarding recognized as a legal form of transportation in downtown Tacoma, WA one week before the event. For more information and they have a web site dedicated: www.goskatetacoma.com
- While the Emerica crew will hold their main Wild in the Streets event benefitting Boards for Bros in Los Angeles, CA this year, events are being hosted on a global level. There's sure to be an event near you, so check the web site for locations!
Here are more of the events across the globe that you can attend to support GSD:
- Skateistan skate school in Afganistan will hold it's 3rd annual Go Skateboarding Day event with a skate-a-thon including donkey carts carrying water for participants! Participants will end up at the Skateistan Park, where there will be a skateboard contest and showing of Afghan skate videos. Contact email@example.com
- Leicester, England is hosting the Magic Toast//Leicester on June 21, 2011 all day located at Braunstone Skate Plaza, Victoria Park Skate Park. For more information contact Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Massive National Skate Reunion in Lima, Peru on June 18th, 2011 All Day!! Last year there were 2500 skaters and this year they are hoping for more. They are gathering in Larco Mar Miraflores at noon. For more information contact Rafael Macul (email@example.com)
- Go Skateboarding Day Panama on June 18, 2011 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Located at Saliendo Del Skatepark de Las Mercedes. Lots of skateboarding and prizes. For more information contact Swiss Sport Corp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vancouver Go Skateboarding Day 2011 on June 21, 2011 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. This year Go Skateboarding Day in Vancouver will be celebrated with mystery spots, street takeover and an all out radical day with tons of cash prizes, best tricks and product to be had and won by all. Start at Vancouver Skateboard Plaza. For more information contact Supra Distribution (email@example.com)
- Additional events happening around the world include Romania, Costa Rica, and Columbia, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, South Africa, Czech Republic, Poland, China, and Guatemala.
Contact your local skateshop if you can't find something here on the goskateboardingday.org site!