June 21 is just another day for most people but for skateboarders it’s their day to blow off all obligations and celebrate the holiday known simply as Go Skateboarding Day. What started in 2003 with a few simple skate sessions followed by a couple backyard BBQ’s in Southern California has lead to the birth of skateboarding’s first holiday.
Since then, Go Skateboarding Day has become a great excuse for skate companies to put on events around the world, and this year is no exception as Etnies attempting to make history with their event in Lake Forest.
Etnies is preparing to set a new Guinness World Record by attempting to hold the world’s largest skateboard lesson in a skatepark and it’s open to anyone who wants to be a part of history. The skateboard lesson will be taught by Etnies CEO Pierre-Andre Senizergues and Nick Gates, Etnies’ Skatepark of Lake Forest Coordinator.
In an official release Senizergues stated the importance of the event, “For me, it’s not just teaching you how to do a kickflip, it’s everything else that skateboarding teaches you. When you learn a trick, you have to approach it with creativity and be adventurous enough to take a risk. You have to be humble because you could fall and be willing to share with others around you who want to learn that same trick. But most of all, it’s about enjoying each moment that skateboarding brings!”
The event is also in memory of a young local skater, Thomas Johnson, who lost a battle with cancer in 2010. Etnies hopes to elevate support for Team Thomas and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Learn more about the event.
This is only one of many Go Skateboarding Day events that will be taking place. To learn more about some happening in your area check out the official event page.