Skateboarding has been getting a bad wrap for generations, seen as a group of law breaking, jobless youths with nothing better to do except piss off locals and cause trouble.
As the sport has grown, developed and longboarding emerged, the nature of the riders has too, our community is built on a clean, safe and fun means of transport that we all enjoy.
As riders progress from carving the boardwalk to bombing the hills, we face a problem and daily are confronted with misled, ill advised perceptions of what our sport is and who our community are. This is usually portrayed by motorist yelling as we skate by.
With more younger riders joining our sport we have to raise skate awareness with other road users as well as educate GROMETS on road rules, warning motorist that we too use the road and we can break if we want to.
" they must have a death wish" or " they have no breaks", are all ridiculous comments if you have any concept of our sport and lifestyle. We should show the greater community of Sydney that anyone can ride a skateboard, mums dads kids and oldies, we love life and live each day to skate again.
I'm proposing Sydney's first Kritical Mass, a skate awareness initiative, with the hope of promoting longboarding as a safe,clean,fun way to travel. On Thursday the 27th at 5pm we'll meet at central station for a product toss, free drinks, to meet your mates or new people. From there we will bomb George st as a solid group, staying in the left lane, following the road rules and having fun. No prize for making it there first but heaps of give aways for the guys having the best time.
Once we make it to the Opera House we will converge for a photo of Sydneys Longboarding community and then disappear into the night, or down the carpark for a mondo china bomb SxCxBxS style, yewww.
Remember we are representing our community and although it's an outlaw event I will not tolerate any aggressive or disturbing behavior, if you do expect a kick up the arse and a ban from future longboarding events in Sydney.
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