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It’s that time of the year again: Go Skateboarding Day supported by Vans is happening June 23, 2018 at the Metrotent Convention Center, Pasig. Though the global event is celebrated every 21st of June (it being the longest day of summer in the West), the local edition falls on a Saturday, allowing more skate fans and enthusiasts to join the fun.
Since 2011, Vans has been at the forefront of Go Skateboarding Day in the Philippines, making the sport accessible to more and more people while highlighting the skills of our very own riders. Vans kicked off the celebration with a push parade that happened on the 21st of June. On the one-day event itself, the party started as early as 6AM with street artists designing the obstacle courses that will be used for the contests, exhibitions and for fun. Gates opened at 8AM and early riders got to skate to their heart’s content. By 11AM, Metrotent was filled to full capacity.
But what’s Go Skateboarding Day without extreme tricks and a show of skills? The program commenced with contests and challenges like the Highest Ollie, Longest Powerslide and Speed Challenge. The exciting morning was followed by Girl Skate – Game of Skate and Best Run and the Longest Ollie, where riders had to skate and jump over an obstacle of 15 boards. Two successful contenders, Daniel and Banjo, had to go head-to-head and jump over 16 boards; the latter was the victor.
Riders from all over the metro with other participants from regional cities, like Cebu, came together for a day of adrenaline-pumping action. The event also featured local skate shops Quilla, Kick Engines, Calle and Evil Genius while Vans gave away pairs of shoes throughout the day. Riders were also treated to a street fare of dirty ice cream, waffles, popcorn and isaw.
Meanwhile the challenges continued towards the afternoon even with an intermission of rain: Old Skool – Best Trick and Best Run Contests featured riders 35 years old and above, and professional skaters invited by Vans, respectively. The program culminated in an awarding ceremony with Michael Torio, Mike Toledana, June Castor and Gene Ramilo as judges:
Longest Power Slide category Egie Chavez
Speed Challenge – Flatground Best Trick category Jommel Tumbokon
Obstacle Race Challenge category Irone Ilagan
Girls Game of S.K.A.T.E. category Kiddo Trinidad
Longest Ollie category Banjo Reyes
Highest Hippie Jump category Ikoy Enriquez
Old Skool Best Trick category Anjo Pineda
OFF THE WALL Ride Contest (best trick) category Jaymar Sarmiento
Best Run (Mens Invitational) category:
1st place Demitrio Cuevas
2nd place Mark Fernandez
3rd place Mak Feliciano
But of course the party didn’t stop there—riders, skate fans and the rest of the participants were up for an even more exciting night care of live performances by OPM favorites: Go Smoke Mary and The Chongkeys.
Photography and art Alexandra Lara.