How Mumbai city skateboarders must gear up for Skateboarding Day
Skater Fun: Are you a budding skateboarder or want to discover the action sport that’s becoming popular in the city? Participate in a day-long skateboarding event organised by DC Shoes on June 21 to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day (conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies).
Nick Smith showcasing his skills at Social in Khar. Pic/Bipin Kokate
A collective of skateboarders from different parts of India will showcase their skills at four venues — BRGTN Skate Shop in Navi Mumbai, a 12-feet high, crowdfunded wooden DIY vertical ramp in Panvel, Social in Khar (W) followed by sessions at Phoenix Marketcity mall in Kurla (W) and R City mall in Ghatkopar. “The idea is to showcase street culture. The sessions will also feature beatboxers and rappers,” says Altamash Sayed, co-founder of the NGO, Skateboarders United Association, who will also be part of the event.
On: June 21, 7.30 am onwards
For registrations, Call: 9686096007
Gear Up: Meanwhile, if you love the sport but are unable to find the right equipment, head to the recently launched BRGTN Skate Shop, a store solely dedicated to skateboarding. Owned by UK-import Nick Smith, who is known as the godfather of skateboarding in India, the store stocks skateboards (`8,000 onwards; standard size 8) imported from ace American brands like Element, Plan B, Krooked and Flip along with accessories like bones bearings, wheels and venture trucks.
A variety of skateboards are available at the BRGTN Skate Shop
The shop also features an indoor mini-ramp where the trainers conduct skateboarding sessions for beginners. Plus, two new skate parks are also in the offing. The first will open in NRI complex on Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai by next month and another is an NMMC-funded space at Nerul, which is about 60 per cent complete.
A mini ramp at the shop
Time: 12 noon to 8 pm
At: Ground floor G 09 P. Centurion Haware Mall, Sector 19, Jagat guru Adi Shankaracharya Marg, near Dharave Station (E), Mahavir Vihar, Karave Link Road, Sector 40, Nerul, Navi Mumbai.
Cost: `500 (beginner sessions for a month)