Falling on your ass is a right of passage for the 12-and-under demographic, and if you had a skateboard when you were younger, you fell 10-times more. Remember how good it felt when you were a kid and had four of your closest friends pushing around your mom’s driveway trying to ollie over a stick? And then you got older. You became an angsty teen, wrapped up in the drama of high-school lifestyle. Maybe you went off to college to learn how to be a thriving citizen and/or smoke weed.
But a dedicated few stuck with skateboarding, and continued to throw their bodies into the asphalt for years to come. As time went on, numbers thinned, and joints grew sore. To this day, when people see a mid-20s or older skateboarder still pushing around town, they all say the same thing: “Yeah, I used to skate, too.”
Well, ladies and gentlemen, now is the time to put your wheels where your mouth is. Or something. Today is Go Skateboarding Day—a Congressionally recognized national holiday aimed at appreciating the rattiest group of athletes to ever hang around your parking lot.
Edge of the World will be hosting the festivities this year at Mobash skatepark, featuring a Best Trick competition, Highest Ollie (you remember how to ollie, right?), as well as a game of S.K.A.T.E (think H.O.R.S.E, but with skateboard tricks) and prizes for the winners. Music, barbequed goodness and a raffle for a slew of sponsor goodies are also on hand to keep people entertained. But rest assured, if the weather isn’t going to cooperate, the festivities will simply be held at Edge of the World headquarters (618 S. Higgins), and everything will be there, including the barbeque.
Go Skateboarding Day didn’t come about so that skateboarders could pat themselves on the back for doing something they already know is cool. It’s a day of inclusion, probably some bruising and, depending on your age, maybe a little boozing, too. But all people of all skill levels are encouraged to, at the very least, step on a skateboard once today. Then, once you’ve busted your ass, go ahead and have a burger. You did good, kid.
Go Skate Day takes place at Mobash Skatepark, below the Orange Street bridge, from noon to 4 PM. Free.