Santa Cruz Skateboards turned 40 years old this past weekend – – think about that for a second . . . 40 years they have been making, innovating and supporting skateboarding.
Lets all give them a round of applause for that!
To celebrate this milestone – they did what any skateboarder would do – have a party.
They also used the occasion to open their brand new Skate Museum at their head office in Santa Cruz, California.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend by Centre Distribution – the Canadian distributors for all of the NHS brands (NHS is the parent company of Santa Cruz, Independent, Creature, Flip, Mob, Krux, OJ’s, Road Rider, and a few others).
The Museum opening was on Saturday at 4:00 PM – we were fortunate enough to be able to get in a little early and have a private tour with Bob Denike, President and CEO of NHS.
The museum is absolutely amazing. Having grown up through the very early days of skateboarding it was a bit emotional for me to see everything that I had enjoyed in my childhood all laid out on display.
NHS has done an amazing job of displaying their role in shaping the sport we all love, and I would like to give them a big Thank You for doing so.
After the museum tour there was a fun get together with great food, cold drinks and great people, including more legendary skateboarders than I have ever seen in one place. (watch for a cool contest on this point to come)
In typical skateboarder fashion – there was also an after party.
The after party featured Salba’s band “Powerflex5” - a great surf/skate band.
As if that wasn’t enough for the weekend – Sunday was the Indy Rider Rally at the San Jose skatepark. Again – food, music, beverages, hot rods, bikes, pro skaters and legends were all present to the have FUN with the amazing sport of skateboarding.
A Huge THANK YOU to NHS, Bob Denike, and Moses Itkonen for one of the best weekends of my life!
Here are some photos of the weekend.
Again – a HUGE Thank You to everyone involved. And a Bigger THANK YOU to everyone one who skates!