Less than a week away from one of the most anticipated days of the year if you’re a skateboarder. Go Skateboard Day is celebrated around the world now and every skater knows about it. Different shops and skate companies all over the place will be hosting events at local skate parks for kids and adults of all ages to come out and enjoy. Living where we do, there’s always lots going on but the main one is always the Vans Waffle breakfast at the Skate Plaza downtown, followed by some street barging and then a trip to Strathcona Park. All the kids usually tag along on this portion of the day and it’s worth coming out just to see the young bucks goin’ wild. But if you’re stuck at work all day, or that whole scene just doesn’t appeal to you, then you might be hittin’ up the Hastings Bowl for a little BBQ action and shredding. This is where the hardcores hang and the kids don’t always fit in. After that there’s an afterparty at The Princeton Pub 1901 Powell Street where bands The Tubuloids, Futur Tits and SELFIST will be blowing ear drums. I’m sure it will be a drunken display of democratic rebellion. Sound like fun.
But if you don’t wanna go there, there’s the afterparty and Sk8 Mafia video premiere at the Fortune Sound Club as well.
It all begins at 9:30am – June 21st, 2013
This is one of the most stupid and irresponsible events I have ever heard about! I can not believe any reasonable person would promote this in any city. Street barging?!? Today on my way home from work I saw dozens of young teenage kids grapping onto the moving cars of people just trying to make their way home.
Major city roads are not the place for skateboarders, young or old. On more than one occasion these “young bucks” were falling off their boards and crashing into the ground inches away from moving traffic. I wonder how festive your event would be if lives were lost?
Skateboarding, like other sports or activities have designated areas for a reason and I can’t believe you would support an event that is encouraging youths to break the law and put themselves, and others, in harms way.
Hey Tom how about you grow a pair of nuts and a dick and stop being a pussy. theres more to life then being safe.
Wow, what a great argument you present. I’m so glad that you offered your intelligent view on the situation. Thanks
Yeah no problem you square.
Tom, I really think it is you who is being disrespectful, self-righteous and ignorant. I’m genuinely worried that if people like you keep going around and trolling the internet with your copy & paste opinions, the world does NOT become a better and more constructive place. It just keeps going the way it is, which might be just perfect for your car-driving, responsible, basketball courts and baseball diamonds world, but not so for other people who differ from your opinion and don’t want to have people tell them “too bad”.
GSD is a critical mass event. It’s designed as a single-day event to raise a voice and take back the streets which, sadly, are ruled by automobile drivers 364 days a year. It’s a really crazy system we have gotten ourselves into where cars rip up and down our streets within mere inches of sidewalks and front lawns. THIS has forced people into those little boxes you want “sports” to be held in. The other fucking insanely obvious thing is: how many automobile fatalities are there a year caused by car accidents? Hundreds of thousands you say? Those things are death machines that they let any idiot get a lisence to operate. If you’re really concerned with people getting hurt, why aren’t you trolling websites to tell people to drive more safely?
How about this idea: when you see that there is a whole bunch of skaters barging the streets for a single day event, you STOP FUCKING DRIVING for a second and show some respect. Yes, it is dangerous, but only when drivers get self-righteous and keep driving despite the fact that they can clearly see there is an even going on. If you came upon a parade, would you just plow right through and hope somebody didn’t trip under your tire? I thint it’s skateboarding that you are so upset with, so why not just come out and say it?
I’m not sure if anyone has told you this yet but, you are a huge reason why there are problems in the world. How does that feel? How does it feel to know that, someday, when our governments have us all in boxes and the world is locked down with oppression and even you are being told what to do and where to go, you will be able to say: See, I helped do that! All my bitching and misguided opinions and complete and utter resistance to accepting other people’s choice to act differently got us here! I don’t imagine you’re going to be anyone’s hero then…