Go Skateboarding Day (GSD), also known as national skateboarding day and international skateboarding day, is a day devoted to the sport of skateboarding. It’s not very well known, but it has a growing popularity and is recognized in major cities all over the world.
What is Go Skateboarding Day?
Go Skateboarding Day is celebrated every year on June 21st. It was founded in the United States and is mainly observed in the US, but there are events hosted all over the world.
What is the History Of Go Skateboarding Day?
Go Skateboarding Day grew from an event known as All City Skate Jam, which was held by Bryan Chin and Kerel Roach in 2002. This New York City event was later renamed Go Skate Day and then, in 2004, Don Brown and the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) created Go Skateboarding Day.
The holiday was made official in 2005 after receiving recognition from US Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
The idea of Go Skateboarding Day was to spread the sport of skateboarding all over the world, encouraging more people to pick up a skateboard and ensuring the continued growth of the sport.
At the time, skateboarding was experiencing a veritable golden age, one that had been driven by the popularity of skating video games, as well as countless TV shows, films, and viral videos.
These days, skateboarding is not as popular as it once was, but Go Skateboarding Day still involves millions of people all over the world.
When Happens on Go Skateboarding Day?
Most skateboarders in the United States try and do something for Go Skate Day. From amateur and pro skaters to veterans and first-timers, it’s a day when everyone feels like they are part of something special.
There are tutorials, skating sessions, competitions, skate shop discounts, appearances from pro skaters, skate park barbecues, and a host of informal skate outings.
Check your local skate parks and skate groups to find a Go Skate Day event near you.
How Can You Observe Go Skateboarding Day?
If you’re eager to join in with the festivities and do your bit on Go Skateboarding Day, consider one of the following activities:
Learn Something New
There’s never a bad time to learn a new skateboarding trick or skill, but if you’ve been struggling to find the motivation or time, Go Skateboarding Day could be just the excuse you have been looking for.
Whether you’re a complete novice who has always struggled to grasp the basics or an experienced rider in need of some fine-tuning, this celebration is perfect.
There are numerous skating competitions held on Go Skateboarding Day. If you have the skills, consider entering one of these competitions.
Who knows, you could win yourself a few bucks!
Drop By The Skate Shop
Pay a visit to your local skate shop. They might have some promotions that you can take advantage of. If nothing else, you’ll probably encounter a few extra skaters inside the shop, as well as a lively atmosphere.
Take your skateboard along and get it upgraded or if it’s looking a little worse for wear, get a new one!
Create a Skateboarding Video
Viral videos helped to make skateboarding the sport that it is today, so pay homage to that history by making some videos yourself or with friends.
It’s not the ’70s or ’80s anymore, so you don’t need to record these to VHS and then duplicate them for friends. Just post them on YouTube or social media and invite your friends to check them out.
Skate With Friends
Go Skateboarding Day is the perfect time to get together with fellow skateboarders. Grab your skateboard and head down to your local skate park.
There might be an event that you can participate in, including mass skating sessions hosted by local clubs and shops. If not, there will still be plenty of skaters to chat with and tricks to perform.
Watch Some Videos
If your skating days are behind you or there are no decent skate parks nearby, just spend the day reminiscing and watching skateboarding documentaries instead.
Learn about skating, skate-punk culture, swimming pool skating, and the sport’s links to surfing. If none of those things interest you, watch some of the classic skating events, tricks, and records.
You could even dig out your old PlayStation or Xbox and play some classic skating games like Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Skate. Have a few beers, share some memories, and see if you can recreate those high scores.
Talk About Skating on Social Media
The whole point of Go Skateboarding Day is to encourage young people to get involved with the sport. If you’re a veteran, you could use this day to teach your kids or younger family members a few things about skating.
Alternatively, head to Facebook and Twitter and create some conversations. If you use the hashtag #GoSkateboardingDay, you can connect with other veterans and young skaters celebrating this international day.
What Day Is Go Skateboarding Day?
As noted above, Go Skateboarding Day is on June 21st. This is true wherever you are in the world.
In 2022, June 21st falls on a Tuesday. That’s bad news is you have a job to go to, but it’s okay if you’re still at school as you’ll be on your summer break.
If you have a busy weekday schedule and are free during the weekends, you’ll need to wait until 2025 for the next time that this annual celebration falls on a Saturday.
Here’s a list for the next few years to give you an idea of what to expect:
- Year: 2022
- Day: Tuesday
- Year: 2023
- Day: Wednesday
- Year: 2024
- Day: Friday
- Year: 2025
- Day: Tuesday
- Year: 2026
- Day: Sunday
- Year: 2027
- Day: Monday
- Year: 2028
- Day: Wednesday
- Year: 2029
- Day: Thursday
- Year: 2030
- Day: Friday
Skateboard Companies That Celebrate Go Skateboarding Day
Birdhouse Skateboards was one of the first major skating brands to get behind Go Skateboarding Day. Since then, every major skateboarding brand has stamped its name on this annual promotional event.