Go Skateboarding Day!

Heya, hiya, hoya. Happy Canada Day! True North, baby!

Right, so, a couple weeks back it was National Go Skateboarding Day. We, meaning Mama Sleuth and the Skateboy, had planned to traipse to the city and check out the Pop-up Skate sponsored by Octopus Skateboards but, we failed to calculate end-of-school-year events in our own locale as well as severe allergic reactions to one’s first bee sting. (Skateboy is ok, after the histamine overdose and subsequent infection, praise be to the Great Goddess.)

So, sadly, we missed the Pop-up Skate but, luckily some dear soul took vids and spliced them up into a nice montage. Looks like a good time, with stereotypical police attention but, some great prizes too.

Now, for your viewing pleasure…Go Skate Day, Halifax, 2018…

Two Sets of Wheels – Chester Style

Hot summer days make most folks think of beaches. My boys are no different but, owing to far too many days of being sunburnt on Cape Cod beaches as a child, Mama Structure Sleuth is no big fan of sunblock and sand, especially when they creep inside your swimsuit or continually find their way into your picnic sandwiches.

Besides, with so few truly nice days throughout a Nova Scotian year, the kids have been begging to get in as many road trips and visits to skate parks as we can manage. Little Trainman even got a new Thomas the Tank Engine scooter for his birthday last weekend.

We stayed a bit close to home today, using our hours of warm sunlight to visit the Chester Skate Park for the very first time. It’s quite well situated between 3 restaurants, affordable one’s too, not like those catering to the throng of American tourists so typical at this time of year. We took advantage and stopped for Chinese food before gearing up and hitting the ramps.

Our arrival at the park was around lunch time, which is a couple of hours before peak heat here in Nova Scotia so that gave us plenty of time to try out some features before the entire fam-jam melted like beeswax in the sun.
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A New Skatepark? Say, What?!?

Well, the community has been waiting a long time and encountering many hurdles, but the day is nearly here…Bridgewater will soon have it’s own skatepark!

The site, like so many in Nova Scotia, seems to have been at least partially reclaimed from swamp and scrub ground. But, no matter. The location, just adjacent to the new Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC), is really quite ideal. It’s easy to get to and allows parents and younger siblings to engage in other activities while teens and tweens rock the new skatepark.

Officially the park is not yet open but all features of Phase 1 are in place and fully functional. The grand opening event is scheduled for July 14th, 2018 from noon to 3pm…music and snacks included. (Fundraising for Phase 2 continues. Please donate!)

Apparently there will be a week-long summer day camp focused on skateboarding safety that is on site sometime in August. Skateboy is jazzed about the opportunity!

So, without further adieu, the new facility…
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Skateboy Gets a Real Board

Owing to his success and the passion displayed at the recent “Skate Fundamentals” day, Skateboy has finally found a need for, and earned, a real skateboard.

Since he was upgrading from the tiniest, cheapest skateboard known to mankind, Mama Structure Sleuth thought we’d go BIG and get a nice locally made deck, crafted with love by Jesse at Homegrown Skateboards in lovely LaHave.

We had a special Mama & Skateboy Day, meaning no school on a school day, and went to Jesse’s shop to let the little man piece together his own board, with hand-chosen elements. He chose the limited run Fisherman’s Friend board, with multi-colour wheels, grip and stickers…one of which (the old school Alien Workshop one) was bequeathed to him by his late uncle Lukas…it’s been aging well in Mama’s care until this fella got old enough to slap it on a board. 🙂

After Skateboy and Jesse got the board all kitted out, the little skater got to try it out on the indoor skate bowl at Homegrown, with not too much success but, it will come in time. This is, after all, a much bigger board than he’s used to.

We left the skate shop and paused at the LaHave Bakery downstairs for some pastries and to let Mr. Skatey show off his new board to passersby.
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Finally, a Local Skateboarding Instructional

Well, after two years of “just messin’ about” with his little skateboard on our front walkway, Skateboy is trés jazzed that Mama Structure Sleuth finally managed to find a local get-together with experienced skaters offering up instruction to younger newcomers.

The event ‘Skate Fundamentals‘ was offered at the most rad local skate park, just recently constructed in Liverpool. The Mersey Skatepark has already become one of the most highly-celebrated in Eastern Canada, mostly for the size and variety of it’s ramps, bowls and obstacles. It was clearly designed by someone who loves to skate.

On our way to the event we had to stop and pick up a new set of pads for Skateboy. He chose Spiderman, por supuesto.

Upon arriving at the skate park it became clear that we were not the only folks who had been waiting for someone to host an event like this, especially since it had only just stopped raining moments before the event began. Ontario is chock full of skateboarding shops, lessons and summer camps but, naturally, we don’t get the full urban plethora of events and opportunities over here in peaceful, pokey ole Nova Scotia.

The two main instructors for the day were Jesse Watson of Homegrown Skateboards and an acquaintance of mine named Jay. They were both upbeat, knowledgeable and patient…a great combination for teaching frustrated know-it-alls like my Skateboy. 😛

Once he was finally shown a few things and set free on his own, Skateboy was truly in his element. He’d been hoping to get deeper into this skateboarding gig for a loooong time. Jesse was giving him some guidance on skating the ramp, but the board Skateboy had was…um…barely a board and more of a Barbie toy.
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