TORONTO BOARD MEETING 2016

TORONTO BOARD MEETING 2016

TORONTO BOARD MEETING – SEPT 10th 

 

The 14th Annual Toronto Board Meeting took place last Saturday.

Rain had threatened the event, but by late afternoon, things were in full swing.

Over 800 skaters took to the streets and the mood, as always, was indeed festive.

 

The photos don’t fully capture the experience – but they give you a taste. The range of participants is from 1 year up to 50-something.

The initial rush starts with a quick push to the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair.

 

A ten minute sit-down in the intersection boggles most on-lookers minds and allows everyone to gather.

Cries of “BOOARRRDDD MEETING” can be heard every few moments.

 

Sit-down at Yonge and St. Clair.

The second part of Board Meeting is a quick skate down a moderate hill on Canada’s most well known street – Yonge Street.

 

Despite the fact that the meeting has been going on for almost a decade and a half, most spectators don’t really know what they are seeing.

 

Many stand there in disbelief while others, enjoying the spirit of the moment, take photos or give high fives.

A number of taxi cab drivers are stunned and regular motorists generally go with the flow.

 City TV came out to cover the festivities.

A quick fifteen to twenty minute skate to Queen’s Park marks roughly the half way point and allows the group to enjoy the moment.

 

It’s then on to City Hall for an impromptu slide jam. 

 

This year Board Meeting happened to have the good fortune of coinciding with a walk to raise money for cancer.

The music blaring from the speakers blended perfectly with the day. Towards the end of the event, thirsty skaters were generously given free soft drinks courtesy of the sponsors of the walk.

 

As the first part of Board Meeting ended, the rain started to come. The timing was almost too perfect!

 

Huge thanks to all the sponsors who make this event such a blast.

  

The Road Trip Starts NOW

The Road Trip Starts NOW

BOARD MEETING – THE ROAD TRIP STARTS NOWIt’s Board Meeting Weekend. If you live in Buffalo, Kingston, Ottawa, Detroit, Rochester or Montreal you are less than a five hour drive from Toronto. There are thousands of skaters in these towns that would absolutely be amazed at the pure stoke that this incredible event generates. If you’ve never experienced the Toronto Board Meeting, now is your chance!The fun starts with a premier of Lost In Havana on Thursday night at the Tranzac Club. The club is located at 292 Brunswick Avenue and the film screens at 9pm. On Friday there is a meetup with Billy Bones and Steve Vera at Longboard Haven down at 189 Queen Street. On Saturday the actual Board Meeting takes place. Get down to Yonge and St. Clair before 4pm and follow the skaters to the nearby David Balfour Park.Then, get ready to experience something truly unique in the world of skateboarding.The Toronto Board Meeting is NOT a race. It’s simply a great way to share the joy of riding with hundreds of like-minded people. It never fails to put smiles on people’s faces – both riders AND crowds who stare in disbelief at the site of Yonge Street taken over. The afterparty takes place at 9pm back at the Tranzac Club and Sunday is always followed by a slide session at the Poop Chute.What the heck is the Poop Chute? It’s a nice piece of road located near a waste treatment facility.It’s easy to get to – just park your car at 11 Redway Road (next to the Loblaws) and you’ll find the hill