Go Skate Day celebrated in Wardsboro

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WARDSBORO — About a dozen skateboarders endured Sunday's hot and humid weather to ride the public skatepark and observe their holiday.

"Happy Go Skate Day," Storm Stanley of Dover said before dropping into the halfpipe on a board.

The International Association of Skateboard Companies created the annual holiday in 2004 to promote the sport. Every June 21, skateboarders worldwide "celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding," according to Transworld Skateboarding.

Jake Nielsen of Wilmington filmed Benny Robbs of West Dover skating the halfpipe.

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"We usually try to get together and do stuff on Sundays," Nielsen said.

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It just so happened to fall on Go Skate Day this time around.

Nielsen and Robbs started a clothing company called Giveupgang in 2018. They post clips of skateboarding, snowboarding and partying on the company's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages. Earlier this month, they posted a full video online.

Locals keep up with maintenance at the Wardsboro skatepark, Robbs said.

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"It's just a good old rugged park and by the people, I guess," he said.

Robbs and Nielsen said they were excited to see a newspaper story about the public skatepark now being constructed in Brattleboro.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com and at @CMaysBR on Twitter.


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