Celebrating the thrilling Go Skateboarding Day
On the 21st of June every year skateboarders around the world celebrate Go Skateboarding Day. Skateboarders do not have any doubts on how to celebrate the day as they come together to be a part of this global event. The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) wanted to make skateboarding more accessible to enthusiasts all over the world. This day dedicated to skateboarding was born with this aim in mind. Skateboarding is considered one of the most thrilling activities with new enthusiasts joining the ranks every day. The adrenaline when participating in the celebrations is too exciting for words.
Skateboarders are always ready for the next adventure and will not think twice before putting this exhilarating sport ahead of everything else, including video games, television, computers and even their jobs. The story behind the origin of the day and its name are both interesting. The IASC wanted to make skateboarding more popular and accessible all over the world. Skateboarding Day was born from this thought. The origin of the name is much more interesting. On this national holiday local skateboarders often changed the “no Skateboarding” signs to “ Go Skateboarding”. The holiday takes its name from this practice.
Some of the activities organized by skateboarders include contests, demos, protests and fundraisers. Enthusiastic skateboarders have a lot of fun on this day as they display their skills in their chosen sport. Eager participants can be found all over the city, especially at skate parks where they gather in large numbers. All members of the skateboarding community come together to celebrate this day; literally bringing the world to a halt as they enjoy the various fun filled activities and events. As knowledge of the sport increases, so too does its popularity.
All events and traditions associated with this day are relatively new and created by many practitioners and organizers. Most of the activities are the contribution of skateboarders wondering how to celebrate this day. Every city celebrates the holiday in a unique manner. Regardless of all other commitments, skateboarders are thrilled to brag about their achievements, and raise awareness about other issues related to the sport. Thousands of people from all corners of the world, come together to participate in this grand event. This enthusiastic group celebration contributes to the event’s success.
An interesting to note that skateboarding is not a group sport. It is one of the few activities that can be enjoyed either with friends or alone. In fact the list of solitary skateboarders is just as long as that of those who prefer to have fun with their friends. The origin of the day had been to celebrate the excitement of the sport. The first Go Skateboarding Day was celebrated on 21st June, 2004. Since then, skateboarders eagerly await this national holiday to show you their moves and skills while enjoying the much needed break.
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