Toronto Board Meeting Gathers 900!
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900 Longboarders in Queen’s Park, Toronto!!!! Largest longboarding event in the world!!!!! Last year turn out was about 450, the 2011 Board Meeting that just went down had 900 in attendance! Riders from around North America. The most stoke you’ll feel in longboarding. “We do it for the spirit and soul.” Thanks to T-shirts made by Landyachtz Hats made by Sector 9 1000 Raffle tickets sold for prizes supported by industry to support Ontario Longboarding, Board Meeting 2011 and 2012. A big warm thanks to the entire Metro Toronto Police, especially the 53 Bike Squad Officers that gave the Board Meeting a safe escort.
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Heres what The Toronto Star had to say about it.
Several hundred longboarders surprised drivers, and police, when they took over downtown streets Saturday. Decked in white dress shirts and ties — “because it’s a board meeting,” skateboarder Dan Slater quipped — they held up traffic as they zipped through stop lights, riding from Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave. to Bellevue Square in Kensington Market. Pedestrians stopped to take pictures and several drivers honked in support of the event.
A dozen police officers on bicycles followed the group to “keep the peace and make sure everyone’s safe,” said Staff Sgt. Andy Norrie, adding that skateboarding on roads is “technically illegal.” The organizers didn’t apply for a permit or give police any notice. “At this point, we’re not in a position to arrest hundreds of people,” Norrie said. Early estimates showed at least 300 skateboarders took part, he said, adding that more came later. Event organizers pegged attendance at 900.
Mike McGown created the event nine years ago to promote the sport and give longboarders across Ontario a chance to meet. Longboards are longer than typical skateboards, and designed for cruising or racing. “I think there were 35 people the first year,” he said. “It’s just ballooned.”