Kids were able to design their own skateboard decks at the Skate4Homies event. Photo: Katie Panzer
By Westin Porter
Go Skateboarding Day made for a grip of awesome events throughout the city and its surrounding areas. To celebrate the holy-day and pay homage to the skateboarding gods I attended Annex Skate Shop’s demo held at the Bountiful Bowery.
Annex’s founder, Ezra Moss, is making a name for himself and the shop quickly through the demos and comps he puts on, and while this one was a little bit more low-key, it did not disappoint. Annex had the Bountiful Bowery in full skate park mode with four boxes of different shapes and sizes, two quarter pipes lined against the walls, a few kickers and rails, and, of course, Annex’s signature coffin boards for a coffin race held later that evening. Kids from all over Bountiful gathered to shred the shaded and smooth makeshift park, and to watch the local sponsored skaters tear it up as well. All the while Moss manned the grill cooking up heaps of hamburgers and hot dogs while the DJ played mash-ups like Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” and The Doors “Riders on the Storm.” The sound of music playing weaved with the clacking of boards against concrete, and the aroma of the grill mixed with the faint smell of chlorine from the Bountiful Bubble drifting across the park, resulting in a perfect setting for the Go Skate Day celebration.
Jordan Brown and Burke Nixon put on a clinic of technicality while the shop groms around them attempted rocket flips and backside board-slides with endless persistence. The trick of the day (besides my almost back-heel off the kicker) came when Nixon bolted a Reynolds-esque big flip off of the kicker. Annex is gearing up to open their new location soon, which will include a park of their own. Check out footage from the Bountiful demo here.
By Dylan Chadwick
Next to Halloween, Turkey Day and maybe the World Series, Go Skateboarding Day ranks as my favorite national holiday. So much so, that my teenie heart nearly burst open at the sight of so many unified wood-pushers bustin' ass midst the heat this past Thursday. Skaters can be a psychotic bunch, and this crew's ragged devotion to shredding and frying on the Fairmont concrete proved extra potent and inspiring, given the sweltering clime.
The festivities, hosted by Blindside Skateshop in Sugarhouse, adopted a communal "free for all" tone with skaters of all board shapes and shoe sizes, peddling their skills on the hip, the flat bar and a few other street obstacles. Though Lizard King, clad in a straw farmers hat and a Dewey Cox tee, lurked within the crowd recesses, contest entrants were resoundingly fresh-faced, many even pre-pubescent, and so the gamut of aerial trickery ran wide and varied.
The obvious contest highlight was the "Cash Drop," conducted on the steep drop-off by the bank, a cozy ampitheater-style spectacle in which spectators lined the quarter pipe and entrants pushed down the middle. Kickflip roast beef, floater 180s and a straight, hood-level, frontside flipsy all caught my eye, but more impressive was the bumper-cars action taking place at the bottom. Fifteen or sixteen near-collisions kept entrants honest, and a few snapped decks kept things raw. In an astonishing testament to the continual progression of skateboarding youngsters, one lil' knee-high even popped off a slick boneless all the way to the bottom.
While skateboarding is the preferred summer-night closer for this writer, the opportunity to bear witness to the local talent (both young and old) proved especially enjoyable and genuine camraderie rang out in jeers, whoops and the occasional flying water bottle. Big ups to all the participants and a few words of genuine concern to the doofus in the denim shorts and razor scooter: There's always next year. Check out some photos here.
By Billy Ditzig
National Go Skateboarding Day is one of my favorite days of year. It’s the one day a year when it seems all of the lost homies of the past tend to crawl out of the cracks and emerge themselves back into skate life for another day. These are the days you run into people you haven’t seen in decades.
This year for Go Skate Day, I went to hang out with Skate4Homies at their new location on 700 South 300 West in a 20,000 square foot warehouse. Todd Ingersoll, Skate4Homies founder, had been up for days in preparation for this event, only moving in a couple of days before and having to clean the warehouse out before bringing in or building any new ramps. Todd and his crew worked hard, though, working all night on a variety of features, like a little wedge to picnic table, flat bars of different sizes and a perfect eight stair rail. This is just the beginning, though, there are still lots of ramps to be brought over from the old spot and lots of new stuff getting built every day. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next couple of months.
You can always tell a successful event by the crowd, and there was no lack of good people there enjoying a variety of activities throughout the day, including a best trick contest and a high wall sticker contest. I’m sure Skate4Homies wouldn’t have been able to make this event possible without their sponsors, who brought a variety of other attractions to the event. People Water showed up with their gigantic RV filled with water and a dunk tank to cool off on the hot day. Skullcandy brought the tunes, bumping dubstep all day long with a live performing DJ. There were also some delicious hot dogs courtesy of J Dawgs and a bounce house for the little ones. I was very excited about how great this event turned out for the boys and girls down at Skate4Homies. I plan to be back down there very soon––Todd, look out for my phone call! All in all, a successful Go Skateboarding Day. Stop by next year––things only plan to get bigger and better. Check out some photos here.