Since I love to attend skate competitions and take video of performances, I get bored with taking the same old pictures with the same old backgrounds all the time. While I was reviewing the news for this year’s 9th Annual 2011 Go Skateboarding Day celebration that passed on June 21st, I was soon swept away in how some cities went above and beyond in expressing their love of skateboarding.
What is also interesting is that many of the cities with a grand Go Skateboarding Day are in picturesque vacation destinations. Obviously, some areas of the world are showing more spirit for the tourist than others. Below is a short review of those destinations I am considering for 2012 that decided to make this year’s Go Skateboarding Day one that participants could only refer to as a skateboarding vacation made of dreams.
North Kohala, Hawaii
While many celebrations for Go Skateboarding Day were limited to skate shops and skate parks, North Kohala Hawaii decided to shut down the highway. What resulted was a full on entourage of skaters in parade form. The North Kohala Shootout took place amidst breathtaking Hawaiian scenery and was part of the North Hawaii Drug Free Coalition.
Their goal for Go Skateboarding Day was to help raise funds for phase two of the Roots Skatepark. In particular, this event placed a large focus on including kids. For the this reason, the pictures from the event made me realize that if I wanted to take a mixed ages group of skaters, this would probably be the best vacation for all of us.
Go Skate Day in Acapulco, Mexico was, unfortunately, canceled due to rain on June 20th. However, the festival was soon back on top with a rescheduled event on June 25th with help from Vans. No mere parade, this gathering had boundaries that extended far beyond the Punto Meurto Surf Shop that created the Facebook event.
The plan to skate all day on a tour around the city resulted in many breathtaking photos. Despite the delay, Acapulco was truly saturated with “Marcha Skate” related activities that included athletes and spectators far into the night. Considering the atmosphere I saw in the photos, I knew that this would be an ideal vacation for a group of my friends that were over the age of 21.
Unlike other Go Skateboarding Day celebrations worldwide, there are plenty of videos representing the party we all missed in Lima, Peru. Held on June 18th, there were estimates of over 3,000 skaters in attendance. As a potential tourist, I found that they were one of the most helpful cities as far as web accessibility to the city-wide event.
However, the real appeal is the vast range of activities that their Go Skateboarding Day had. From watching the people in the videos posted online, I feel that I could bring anyone to Lima, and that they would feel inspired to ride a skateboard, too. I can only hope that, like the past two years, Lima holds on to their friendly attitudes and passion for skateboarding long enough for me to get my passport renewed.