Skaters throughout the world blew off their obligations and tore up the streets worldwide for the International Association of Skateboarding Companies 9th annual Go Skateboarding Day.

“There are a few times in life that everything feels complete – June 21st is one of those times,” says Sole Technology SVP of Marketing and IASC  Chairman Don Brown. “Every day is skateboard day, but June 21st is when the global skateboard family gets together and celebrates as one. A simple idea has turned into the most energetic events on the planet!  And the best thing….it’s only going to get better! Roll on, roll on, roll on!”

On June 21, skaters throughout the world showed off their tricks, participated in contest, and enjoyed free food, drinks and giveaways. Countless people participated in GSD and TransWorld Business caught up with dozens of shops, brands, and organization throughout the world to see how their Go Skateboarding Day went. Check out the gallery and captions for the story from events around the world including in Los Angeles, Vermont, Florida, Orange County, Afghanistan, Romania, Oroville, North Carolina, Oregon, Hawaii, and Colorado.

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048 Talent Skatepark Vermont
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This year, there were over 600 events posted on the GSD website. The site had over 72,000 visits in the last 30 days, up nearly 30,000 from last year’s 55,000. On June 21 alone, the site had almost 26,000 unique visits, according to IASC Marketing Director Laurie Bergthold.

Not only was Go Skateboarding Day about going out, skating and having a good time, many organizations used the day as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for their causes.

For instance, Skateistan brought together 180 children on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan in celebration of Go Skateboarding Day.

“Since 2007, one of Skateistan’s primary goals has been to build trust and friendship between people from different cultures and backgrounds,” Skateistan’s media kit states. “The desired outcome for Skateistan is, through GSD, to achieve more awareness, more advocates and more understanding between different nationalities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Skateistan believes GSD has untapped and unlimited potential for bringing people together.”