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Go Skateboarding Day Recap by Steve Rodriguez

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SteveRs09FINALOnly in New York City could you pull off what went down on Go Skateboarding Day this year within the 5 boroughs. Skaters came from as far as Florida to take place in what was undoubtably the largest celebration of GSD on the planet. Presenting Sponsors Maloof Money Cup and 5boro as well as supporting Sponsors Volcom, Vans, CCS and Redbull helped take the event to a level that was never thought possible in the past. By having the sponsors never ending support we were able to permit Maloof Cup Park, the LES Park and even close the street in front of McCarren skatepark for an all out skate jam/block party.

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I arrived at Maloof Cup Park in Queens at 9:30am to set up and the place was already packed with skaters hungry for the days event to start. 11am rolls around and the jam sessions for some serious cash began. 5boro flow trash Chris Anderson took home the top prize($500) on the small rail and Keshaud Johnson took home $1500 on the CCS big rail contest.

At 1pm it was time to head out to LES via the NYC subway system as it's just too far to skate. We thought of everything and even hooked up Metrocards for those who didn't have them. Nothing like riding in an entire subway train(from front to back) filled with skaters. The 7 train to the F train to East Broadway in downtown Manhattan for the LES stop.

At about 1:45 the fist packs of skaters started showing up and by 2:15 the last of the skaters were rolling in just in time to see the Volcom best trick on/over the Pyramid contest. 5boro flow trash Doogie(Sylvester Eduardo) walked home with the top prize of $500 after destroying the pyramid. At about 4pm after a small product toss(relatively speaking) we rallied the troops and headed out of the park for what was the best part of the day, the skate from the LES park to McCarren park. The 3 and a 1/2 mile skate through the streets of downtown Manhattan, over the Williamsburg Bridge and through the streets of Brooklyn is what it's all about to me. Really owning the streets with thousands of your fellow skaters, nothing like it.

We showed up at about 4:30 at McCarren and the park and street were already packed. Many of the skaters who had Regents(high school final testing) only could make this stop. We are lucky we got the street closed(big ups to Open Space Alliance for making that happen) After the long skate over the crowd took a breather and then skated the Manny Mania obstacles which RedBull had put out into the closed off street. Before we knew it it was 6:30 and it was time to start the last contest of the day, the CCS Long Ollie contest. We started with 5 boards and many bloody elbows and knees later ended with 21... Queens NYC native Luis Tolentino started a block away and ollied them just as the cops were shutting us down. We were running behind schedule and had to wrap it up. About 5 seconds after Luis landed the $1000 CCS long ollie the 5boro crew began the product toss on the other end of the block off of a 14 foot box truck. 5 "New York City style" product toss minutes later kids either walked away with some product or a bloody face... It was the usual product toss chaos.

I've been to and organized many events in NYC and this was one of the best. The pictures speak louder than any of these words can. Try to make it out next year if you can and experience Go Skateboarding Day in NYC. Nothing like it anywhere in the world...

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