CONTRIBUTION · 30th June 2011
For the 4th consecutive year, skateboarders toured various locations to bust out tricks, as part an event to celebrate International Go Skateboarding Day on June 21st.
It has been decades since Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, and Steve Caballero, but to name a few, embarked on their adventure "In Search of Animal Chin". The video released by Powell and Peralta played a major role in the skateboarding revolution of the late 80's and early 90's.
To give a bit of context - these young skaters did to skateboarding culture and pop culture in whole, what the Gracie family, Tank Abbot and Anderson Silva have done to bring the UFC to it's current place in society.
To this day, the spirit that embodies every skateboarder around the world, lives and breaths with every stride across smooth or rough pavement, onto rails, or ramps, like it was the day skateboarding was born.
The International Go Skateboarding Day celebrates this immortality of freedom of expression through sport and culture each year with participation of both young and old school skaters .
This freedom and the expression it carries, was on full display, as local skaters took to the streets of Terrace.
"This year's turnout was awesome," said organizer, James Inkster.
Participants of the event started off at Ruin's Skateboard Shop, the driving force of the event, then headed to the Terrace Skate Park, before partaking in a few skate games at The Spirit Square. The session then took itself to the abandoned Skeena Cellulose Mill, where skaters used the remaining foundations to their advantage.
The day was attended by many age groups. Local father Luke Kirby brought his son Kody out to take part in the event.
"We welcome all skaters to join us on the Go Skateboarding Day and hope to see more next year," said Inkster.
As part of any decent event, prizes were given out. For this event, various prizes were awarded to those who were first able to land tricks on selected obstacles.
It was a day of scrapes and bruises.... It was a day of inspiration and determination... it was a skate day in Terrace.