Supported by Monster Energy, the 13th edition of Kyiv’s Go Skateboarding Day takes place today. Perhaps, there is no need to say it’s not your average holiday. Still, it should be stressed that this day is not exclusively about hundreds of skaters being “wild in the street” and making noise with boards on the Postal square. This day is all about creativity, freedom and eternal love to your thing.
We have sat down with some OG’s of Ukrainian skateboarding to collect their best memories from the previous years of capital’s GSD. This is the story, which we will continue writing today. Happy Go Skateboarding Day!
Dmytro Rybak: Back then, we have teamed up with Vadim Krovitskiy, Timan and Rider skateshop to install the skatepark on the perfect surface next to the Magdeburg Law monument and get together all the skaters of the country. Indeed, there was a lot of riders from Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Odesa, Donetsk and Yalta. In fact, so many savage tricks were landed, we have decided to collect some of our own cash and add it up to the existing prizes.
That night we also headed to the cinema to see the “NashDakh” skate movie premiere screening. Surprisingly, it was ready to go exactly by the 21st of June. It has turned that there is a lot more aspiring viewers, than that cinema could handle. Administration has denied to let in any more people, but they have sneaked in anyways, sitting all over the floor just in front of the screen.
To call it a day, we have scheduled the afterparty in the club called “Status”. Well, I have somewhat failed to acknowledge what was the type and the actual status of the club, while inviting the local punk-rock band Stinx. As they have started to perform, people would go crazy, jumping around and all the stuff. Club owners were sort of struck, terminating the performance right away.
These are my favorite memories from Kyiv’s GSD ever - maximum effort, decent results. There is a lot of archive pictures from that day still - all of them will be available since today.