Dear Members of Longboarding NYC,
2011 Has been a great year for our Meetup and for the greater New York City Longboarding Community. At the begging of this year we pledged to have more regular and consistent skate lessons and to try and have some new types of skate events. I think as a group we not only met those goals but exceeded them. We held more than 25 unique meetups and our first sponsored race! Even more positive than the different skates we held was the growth, that the riders that came out to skate, showed throughout this year.
Alexis, a local college student with a mohawk, learned a bunch of flat land tricks and how to turn tighter on her double kingpin gullwing trucks. Louis, his daughter Emily, his son Joshua and his wife Joanne where all regular stars at our flatland and slide meetups this year. Louis did a great job working on his glove slides and Emily and Joanne came along way with their foot-breaking and balance techniques (earning many gold stars for their troubles). Paul showed that even small pintails can do good coleman slides, and also exhibited how much hard work and determination can get you to downhill cross step in just a few months. The guys from Nyack demonstrated what it means to want to come out and skate, consistently driving into the city just to share their skills with us, and ride with our community. We also made several new friends from France, one of whom went home from the Boobs on Boards event with a new Loaded
Bhangra. This only scratches the surface of all the hard work. good skating and good times that I saw this year working with everyone in our meetup. I wish I could thank you all personally for your participation!
The first meetup race this year went great and was sponsored by Uncle Funkys LB shop, Sayshun Longboards, and Skate Rags Online! We held a ‘closed course’ time trial in prospect park with 9 racers and about 20 spectators. Allot of great New York skaters showed up to try and skate the practically blind course that stretched roughly a third of a mile down lookout hill in under 40 seconds. Soy Gnarly from Bustin Boards came out on top with a time of 38.59 seconds with Dejaun jones and Travis Davenport right behind him with times of 39.44 and 39.52 seconds respectively. Soy took home a beautiful Sayshun Compass and split half of the forty bucks with Dejaun in second. Everyone else also got a sweet Skate Rags t-shirt! We all had a ton of fun and we managed to skate for several hours without a single fall or accident. This would not have been possible with out the help of Felix, his son and everyone else who
helped monitor the course keeping radio contact with the riders and organizers. We’d like to thank Uncle Funkys, Sayshun boards, and Skate Rags again, seriously those guys rock!!
There’s allot to look forward to in 2012, and we hope to continue to grow on the 180+ members that joined our riding community this year. In the coming year we will be holding more learning lessons, regular competitive events, and more community gatherings. I look forward to skating with everyone and meeting the new editions to our group. Keep shredding and we’ll be seeing everyone in the new year!
Ride Hard, Ride Safe, Have Fun -Stu
People we would like to thank:
Jennifer, owner and operator of Uptown Skate School who keeps our meetup registered and running, Jeff and Kristin Gaites of Uncle Funkys Skate Shop who have both supported our meetup and the New York Longboarding community in the most selfless way, Sayshun Longboards who makes quality products and sponsored our first race, Bustin Boards who has been growing the New York skating scene for over 4 years, Rob Rodrigues of Sure Skateboards is always contributing to longboarding in New York, Noel Korman of Schralpers Union who is bringing board sports of all types together, Stoked Mentoring who provides positive messages for todays youth through action sports, and everyone who is part of our longboarding meetup and has come out to skate or shared their advice and insights with each other. Thank you all!
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