Shred In Peace – MJ – Farrah

Sarah at 5:54 pm on Sunday, June 28, 2009
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Wild In The Streets is happening now

chris at 1:47 pm on Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tagged: Update

WITS 2009 is on right now, doctor where are you?

Job Posting: Skateboard instructor needed in North Vancouver

chris at 3:25 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tagged: Update

Harry Jerome Skatepark in North Vancouver is looking to hire a skateboard instructor. If you know of somebody that might be able to fill this position, please forward this along to them.

You have until June 26th (next Friday) to get your resume in.

You can download a PDF of exactly what they’re looking for here.

Commissioner Blyth Declares It “Skateboard Week”

chris at 9:24 am on Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tagged: Events,News
Commissioner Blyth proudly holds up the proclamation after reading it aloud at last night's Park Board meeting.

Commissioner Blyth proudly holds up the proclamation after reading it aloud at last night's Park Board meeting. MEDIA: High Res photo available at end of story.

Last night I popped by the Vancouver Park Board office on my way down to 2nd Beach for a swim. I hung out long enough to watch Sarah read the proclamation in (on behalf of Mayor Gregor), officially declaring it ‘Skateboard Week in Vancouver’. It’s quite rare to have the Park Board meeting stop, and make such a declaration. So that’s pretty awesome.

Here’s the official proclamation:

Proclamation for Skateboard Week and Go Skateboard Day

WHEREAS skateboarding is embraced by tens of thousands of young Vancouverites and is an internationally recognized sport that continues to grow around the world.

WHEREAS over the past 10 years, Vancouver has created six new internationally known skateboard parks and relaxed the existing ban of skateboarding in the streets, thereby reinforcing the city’s status as the skateboarding capital of the Canada.

WHEREAS the City of Vancouver has a long history of supporting skateboarding stretching back to Expo 86 where the Transworld Skateboard Championships were held as well as events like the Slam City Jam, which is now part of the World Cup of Skateboarding.

WHEREAS this year, 15 professional skateboarders will be joining over 5,000 young and old skateboarders around the city to celebrate their passion during the annual Go Skateboard Day, which will feature events throughout the city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Gregor Robertson, on behalf of the City of Vancouver, do hereby proclaim June 15 – 22, 2009 as “Skateboard Week” to recognize the importance of this sport in our city. I further proclaim June 21, 2009 as “Go Skateboard Day”.

Now, as far as proclamations go… Sure, they sound a little hokey, but they don’t just hand them out for anything. Sarah put some work in on this one, and with special nods to Jay Balmer & former Mayor Larry Campbell for sure, as KK noted in the comments on the last post. While this may seem to be a small thing, it definitely cements (no pun intended) our viability as a legitimate sport and group in the city. Good job to all.

MEDIA: High Res link: Feel free to use this high res photo of Commissioner Blyth holding up the Skateboard Week Proclamation.

It’s officially Skateboarding Week in Vancouver June 15-22

chris at 3:44 pm on Monday, June 15, 2009
Tagged: Events,Press Release

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This week officially declared “Vancouver Skateboard week” (June 15-22, 2009) by Mayor Gregor Robertson

For immediate release
June 15, 2009

With this upcoming Sunday being Go Skateboarding Day and Emerica’s Wild in the Streets, we’ve had the City of Vancouver officially declare this week, June 15-22 as “Skateboarding Week”.

Tonight at 7pm, at the beginning of the regular Park Board meeting, Commissioner Sarah Blyth will read out the official proclamation declaring it Skateboard Week on behalf of Mayor Gregor Robertson and the City of Vancouver. If you happen to be rolling by the Park Board office, come on by for Sarah’s reading.

Here’s a quote from Commissioner Blyth:

“Skateboarding has come so far. Only ten years ago it was illegal to skateboard in the streets, skateboards were being confiscated and ticketing boarders. Skateboarders were buying boards with no place to use them.

We are now are working from a skateboard strategy to give skaters alternatives. In the past ten years we have seen 6 new parks and a relaxation of the ban on skateboarding in the streets. Vancouver is now a meccaa for skateboarding and people come from all over the world to use our skateboard parks. This year we will see another skateboard park at Kensington Community Center. I would also like to see an indoor youth facility to accomodate, skateboarding, BMX and rollerskating for the rainy months.”

Earlier in the year the Park Board voted unanimously to approve the motion for the skatepark at Kensington Community Centre, to add to the achievements of the VSBC, which have past successes such as the Hastings Skatepark, the Downtown Plaza skatepark as well as relaxing the skateboard laws in the city of Vancouver.

“10 years ago kids were getting tickets, getting their boards confiscated, and there was nowhere to skate except for China Creek. It’s great to see the Park Board looking at what kids are doing today, and trying to support that, to keep the kids active and engaged” says Chris Young, a director with the VSBC since 2000.

A couple of lines from the official proclamation:

WHEREAS this year, 15 professional skateboarders will be joining over 5,000 young and old skateboarders around the city to celebrate their passion during the annual Go Skateboard Day, which will feature events throughout the city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Gregor Robertson, on behalf of the City of Vancouver, do hereby proclaim June 15 – 22, 2009 as “Skateboarding Week” to recognize the importance of this sport in our city.

It’s times like this when we’d like to acknowledge the hard work of those on the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition, as well as the tireless work from those at City Hall, the Vancouver Park Board – both at the Commissioner’s level, and also at the staff level, including Piet Rutgers, and especially Mark Vulliamy for dedicating the past decade to our cause. Past Park Board Commissioners we’d also like to take time out to thank include Alan DeGenova and Lindsay Popes. If it weren’t for all of these people, I can assure you Vancouver would not be the skate mecca that it’s known as today. So, much thanks go out to you all.

Skateboarding week ends with “Wild In The Streets” on Sunday, June 21st. You can learn more about that here, which takes place on Go Skateboarding Day, and you can learn more about that on the Go Skateboarding Day website.

You can learn more about the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition at our website: www.vsbc.ca

Travis Cutler, VSBC Director
email  travis [at] anchorsigns.ca

Chris Young, VSBC Director
email: chris [at] kinkdesign.com

Wild in the Streets this Sunday, June 21st with the Emerica team

chris at 12:34 pm on Monday, June 15, 2009
Tagged: Events,Press Release

Wild in the Streets

Last years Wild in the Streets in Vancouver... From the Emerica site.

Last year's Wild in the Streets in Vancouver... From the Emerica site.

What are you doing this Sunday? Join approximately 5000+ skateboarders as they hit the streets in Vancouver this year for Emerica’s Wild in the Streets.

The goal of Wild in the Streets is to build community & raise awareness of skateboarding and the needs of skateboarders. It is our hope that Wild in the Streets will someday take on the character of a large-scale, decentralized grassroots movement for the benefit of skateboarders everywhere. We believe in the ability of skateboarders to empower themselves to do great things. Be a part of something amazing, or better yet, create your own amazing event.

T-Shirts of this epic event are being sold at Antisocial (2337 Main Street) and at the Underworld Emerica team signing on Saturday, with all benefits going towards Leeside. Learn more about that here.

Here’s a loose schedule of events for this weekend:
Saturday, June 20th, 2pm – Emerica team signing at Underworld (860 Granville Street)
Saturday, June 20th, 4’ish (?) – Emerica Leeside Session (after the team signing, there’s a session at Leeside – timing is sketchy here, so go with the flow on this one)
Saturday, June 20th, 10pm – No Age and The Goat at The Biltmore Cabaret (not an official WITS show)
Sunday, June 21st, 1pm -
Wild in the Streets Vancouver (Meet at The Plaza at 1pm) Will probably run until at least 7 at various spots and parks around the city.

Check the video from last year’s WITS:

To learn more about Wild in the Streets, please see either their Facebook page, or Emerica’s Wild in the Streets website, and for up to the second updates, follow the WITS mayhem on Twitter.

We’ll just go ahead and throw this out there… Please be respectful and careful out there on Sunday.

VSBC at Car-Free Day ’09 pictures

chris at 11:34 am on Monday, June 15, 2009
Tagged: Events
VSBC Board member Jeff Cole getting loose on the mini.

VSBC Board member Jeff Cole getting loose on the mini.

Tens of thousands of people came out to flood the streets and celebrate Car-Free Day yesterday at events all over Vancouver. The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition had a ‘booth’ and mini ramp set up on Main Street between 13th & 14th Avenue. There was also a game of skate hockey, which seemed to catch quite a few onlookers off-guard… Good times.

Thanks to Michelle Pezel/Antisocial for coordinating the day, and to all those that helped set-up/take down the ramps, and to those shredding the ramp all day and keeping the good times flowing. Thanks also to Phil Larin for shooting some pictures.

More photos after the jump. Continue reading “VSBC at Car-Free Day ’09 pictures” »

Car-Free Day is this Sunday, June 14th

chris at 3:17 pm on Friday, June 12, 2009
Tagged: Events
A pic from last year's car-free days on Main Street.

A pic from last year's car-free days on Main Street. Photo: Kelly Litzenberger

This Sunday, June 14th, the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition will have booths and ramps at the Car-Free Day events on both Main Street and Commercial Drive, just as we did last year. Last year we raged all day, and well into the early evening, so come on by to say hi and shred the mini.

Check out what Frank had to say about last year’s Car-Free Days on the Push.ca website.

If you’re looking for more info, check out the Car-Free Day website.