Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Skate Vancouver

Posted in Skateboarding by Jacob Zinn on June 16, 2009
Boardsliding the funbox.

Clayton Nex boardslides the funbox at the White Rock Skatepark.

 

It’s official. This week is Vancouver Skateboard Week as declared by Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition broke the news in anticipation of Wild in the Streets, an annual skateboarding movement similar to Critical Mass.

The Facebook page for the event features the Wild in the Streets Manifesto:

Wild in the Streets is the attempt to gather skateboarders of every age, color and creed to converge on city streets around the globe in the celebration of pure skateboarding.

We declare that skateboarding is no longer a spectator sport. We believe in demolishing the invisible barriers that separate pro skaters from the rest of us. Wild in the Streets is comprised of all equal participants.

We also contend that conventional organized skateboarding competitions and events are, in effect, a misrepresentation of skateboarding, safely and conveniently re-packaged for mainstream corporate consumption. Wild in the Streets is about challenging conformity.

And we acknowledge that the very society that has marginalized us as skateboarders is now formally engaged in the penetration and misappropriation of our original and distinct skate culture. They, in turn, feed it back to us as more mind-polluting product propaganda. Wild in the Streets is about reclaiming ownership.

The event features an Emerica team signing at the Underworld skateshop on Granville Street this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Confirmed pros include Andrew Reynolds, Braydon Szafranski, Bryan Herman, Ed Templeton, Heath Kirtchart, Jerry Hsu, Justin “Figgy” Figueroa, Kevin “Spanky” Long, Leo Romero, Marquis Preston and Jamie Tawncony.

Vancouver Skateboard Week runs from June 15-22, right after the international Go Skateboarding Day on June 21 to start the summer.

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