It's 'Go Skateboarding Day', but we'll stay seated and check out these links

Today, June 21st, is global “Go Skateboarding Day.” It’s funny to see how this rebellious and anti-establishment subculture has become completely mainstream (minus certain city ordinances). For example, here’s what skateboarding looked like in the 70′s as captured by Hugh Holland. In celebration of all things skateboarding, I’ve collected below some of my favorite links for your enjoyment.

  • Browse more Holi spring festival inspired photos like the explosively colorful one above here.
  • Here’s the world’s largest skateboard. And predictably the world’s largest skateboard wipeout.
  • A 22-minute documentary on Vimeo about a high-speed downhill skateboarding race in Teutonia, Brazil. I once saw in person a similar type of a race back in Providence when the X-Games was taking place there.
  • A badass video of the parkour-esque skateboarding style of Richie Jackson.
  • Skateboarding tricks filmed at 1000 frames per second. Even slowed down this much I still can’t quite figure out how they’re able to pull off these fancy ollies and tricks. I’m just proud of myself for being able to stay balanced on my skateboard and avoid people in the streets. Most people that is.
  • Here’s what it looks like however when these super tricks goes wrong. Again and again.
  • With the current craze with comic book heroes, did you know that Wonder Woman was a magnificent boarder? Here’s the evidence in all its wonderous gif glory.
  • Jaw-dropping skateboarding photos aka a health insurance company’s nightmare.
  • Skateboarding Afghan kids and teens in Kabul also joining in on this celebration. Relatedly here’s a short 9-minute documentary about a skate park in Kabul. This film was part of the 2011 Sundance short film program.
  • New Zealander Rob Thomson became the first person to skateboard the 12,000 km distance across China. He recorded the journey.
  • With a simple large blue tarp, you can go “surfing” with your skateboard. Wanna know how? Just watch these guys. The result is strangely artistic at times.
  • Lastly, from the archives, this was one of the items I blogged about when I joined the SUNfiltered ship. Spike Jonze helped direct this explosive, literally, short skateboarding vid which I still think is one of the coolest skateboarding videos I’ve ever seen and if you disagree, then, well, we can’t be friends.