Go Skateboarding Thursday

Check out some events around the Tampa Bay area as part of Go Skateboarding Day, the international holiday for skateboarders.

Sure most skateboarders would say every day is Go Skateboarding Day.

But, really, the international day for everyone and anyone to grab a deck and speed down the street is Thursday.

The International Association of Skateboard Companies started the event in 2003 in Southern California as low-key skate sessions and BBQ. In less than a decade it blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon.

should be a bevy of activity all day with the skatepark's skate team showing off with demonstrations in the morning.

There is a nearly 70 percent chance of rain for the day, according to the National Weather Service. Don't let the weather get you down, there are plenty of options if you want to ollie, or try hitting every skatepark in the county. 

Visit Go Skateboarding day on Facebookollow @goskateboardingday and use hashtag #GSD2012. Send in your best pictures or sequences from Go Skateboarding Day to jared.leone@patch.com.

Also, here is a roundup of some of the ways to skate in the day in the Tampa Bay area:


What: Ross Norton Skate Team performs a demonstration 

When: Sometime after 9 a.m.

Where: Ross Norton Extreme Skate Park, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.


What: For just $2, people from Dunedin and surrounding cities may join for food, a piñata, raffles and contests. 

When: From 2 to 11 p.m.

Where: Dunedin Stirling Skate Park, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin


What: Skate Park of Tampa 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a free barbecue at 1 p.m. and a best trick contest at 2 p.m. Free to skate with a donation to the Boards for Bro's Foundation, which gives skateboards to low income children.

Where: 4215 E. Columbus Ave., Tampa


More about on the Ross Norton Extreme Skate Park:

1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Skatepark hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: non-resident adult is $6; non-resident child is $4.

Call: 727-462-6025

*updated 7:24 p.m. June 20, 2012


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