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Skaters perform through a ring of fire at Chile’s annual Go Skateboarding event

A massive mobilization of skaters gathered in the morning at the Escuela Militar metro station, in the eastern sector of the capital. The day’s big feature included a ring of fire.

  • 11 months ago
  • July 6, 2023
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A skateboarder jumps through a fire ring installed at Skate Park Bustamante, as part of the celebration of International Skateboarding Day 2023 in Santiago, Chile. A skateboarder jumps through a fire ring installed at Skate Park Bustamante, as part of the celebration of International Skateboarding Day 2023 in Santiago, Chile. | Photo courtesy of Joshua Gabriel Arguello Paredes
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Today’s photo gallery comes from Joshua Gabriel Arguello Paredes of Santiago, Chile. It features photos from the International Day of Skate in Chile that took place on June 8, 2023. The event attracted skaters from all over Santiago to perform tricks from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an excited crowd. The initiative began as a way to allow people from all ages, backgrounds, and levels to come together and celebrate the sport.

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The noise of thousands of skateboards echoed through Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue, commonly known as “La Alameda“, on June 8, 2023 to celebrate International Skate Day, or “GO Skateboarding Day” in Santiago de Chile.

Everything started with a massive mobilization of skaters that began at 10:00 a.m. at the “Escuela Militar” metro station. The event ended in the evening at Parque Los Reyes, home to the first public skatepark in Santiago.

In addition, spaces such as the Plaza de Armas and Paseo Bandera featured different competitions and activities throughout the day.

At 8:00 p.m., at the Bustamante Skate Park, people witnessed a ring of fire, installed by Volcom and the Busta Life collective. It acted as the night’s finishing touch. 

A massive crowd gathered to celebrate the display of skills

It illuminated the crowd that surrounded it, while skilled skaters rode around and inside it. They performed incredible tricks to an excited public.

Skateboarding emerged in the 1940’s in Malibu, California. Due to the ocean being too calm, surfers felt they could not practice. Small surfboard makers started producing skateboards in a more skilled manner in the 1960s. Many people came together to create teams to hunt for sponsors.

The inaugural skateboarding competition began in 1963 at Hermosa Beach, California’s Pier Avenue Junior High School. The tournament required participants to complete a variety of maneuvers, including slalom and freestyle.

As the years passed, this sport changed. It became more well-liked, and saw an increase in participants. There are around 50 million skaters worldwide, according to some estimates.

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