Tony Hawk Skates at White House; Go Skateboarding Day June 21

When I was a kid, my parents must have told me 1,000 times to not skate in the house. Today, 20 years later, President Obama invited Tony Hawk to the White House. Of course, what’s the first thing Tony did?

First black president? That’s old news. First person to skate down the White House grand foyer: Tony Hawk. Times are changing, folks.

This Sunday, June 21, is Go Skateboarding Day, a well-placed worldwide holiday that corresponds to the finishing round of professional golf’s U.S. Open. Dad gets to watch Phil Mickelson, the kids get to build a launch ramp, Mom goes to see The Proposal and everyone’s happy on Father’s Day.

Locally, Revolution Skateboard Shop in Santa Rosa is having a free barbeque and local skate contest with free food, drinks, and an obstacle course set up in the parking lot. It starts around noon; food is first come, first serve. 1240 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0660.

Revolution proprietor Jon Lohne, who’s also an experienced cinematographer, was on hand at the Harmony Festival’s MegaRamp Eco-Cup this past weekend, shooting footage of Omar Hassan, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Bob Burnquist, Andy MacDonald, Lincoln Ueda and more. I interviewed Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero about the MegaRamp concept before the contest, and although Hosoi had to drop out at the last minute, Cab brought along his old Bones Brigade pal Lance Mountain as guest judge.

The stuff these guys were pulling off 30 feet in the air is just insane. Lohne’s slow-motion footage below of the Best Trick Contest captures every millisecond of suspense, every impulsive mid-air decision, and every moment of what seems like total gravity loss. Check it out:

Eco Cup Best Trick. from jon lohne on Vimeo.

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