Burning Spider Stoke Compnay’s
Green Skate 2014
Kansas City’s First Green Skate
I have been wanting to do a Green Skate in Kansas City since we opened our shop out of our garage 2 years ago. I had seen the articles in Concrete Wave and the message really stuck with me. Could you imagine how much more quite, how much more healthy, and how much more rad the world would be if there where more long boarders and less cars on the roads, heck anything we can do to collectively just raise awareness of using longboards as alternative forms of transportation I am game for.
This year everything worked out so that we had time to plan, and this year we had moved to our new location that is smack dab in the middle of Kansas City. The original course had us skating through Kansas City’s major population centers in a safe, yet highly visible skate route. Of course no plan survives first contact, and the weather was ours. Severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings had us sitting on the edge of our seats, checking the hourly forecasts every 30 minutes to plan the best course of action.
At 12 noon the shop was filled with people stoked to take part in a mellow 9.37 mile push around the city. Mother nature however was not completely convince that we where all the way stoked up yet. In the mean time we had an impromptu balance board contest that turned out to be a pretty big hit, and got people loosened up. The weather finally cut us a break two hours later. It was still wet, but people where ready to skate. The radar was clear, so we saddled up. 20 riders left the shop on a mission to skate their, and our first Green Skate to get Kansas City pumped up on longboarding.
As we wound our way through our city honks and hoots, combined with passerby’s questions on what was going on kept everyone pumped up and engaged. We stopped at spots along the way to rest, and skate some local spots that where along the way, finally finishing back here at the shop to raffle off the Original Arbiter 36KT that the Shralper’s Union donated to the event.
In the end we didn’t skate the full course, our delay also cut down our window of skate ability, so due to time constraints we elected to only skate 5 of our original 9 mile push. Everyone had a blast, there is nothing like rolling through the city with 20 of your good friends on a crisp spring day. I hope that seeing all the people rolling and pushing, sweating and grinning the hole time while throwing out many high fives lit a candle in people’s minds. That missing spark that we all find when we see something we know we have to do and be a part of.
So there we go the beginning. 20 people to start is a pretty good bar to beat for next year.
Big thanks to everyone that came out for the push, thanks to all the people that did the push and spent your skate sabbath with us. Huge thanks to Shralper’s Union for sending out the sweet Deck from Original Skateboards.
Push Hard, Push Fast, Stay Stoked
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