Everyone here at SKATEYOGI is so stoked on welcoming campers back this summer!
From the response we've received, it is apparent that our enthusiasm is also shared by our campers and their parents. Spots have filled up quickly and we're now down to just a few scattered spots left for both our SKATEYOGI Summer Camp and Urban Shredders camp. To accommodate some more aspiring summer skaters, we've just added two more full weeks of our Urban Shredders camp (Weeks of August 3-7 & 10-14). Sign up soon!
What is an Urban Shredder?
The Urban Shredder camp is designed for intermediate level skaters ages 9-15 to experience a week in the life of an NYC skater. We meet up at Golconda Skatepark in Downtown Brooklyn, warm-up and then skate and walk to a plethora of skate spots in the surrounding vicinity, from DUMBO to Brooklyn Borough Hall. This variety of terrain will help make them well rounded skaters and feed the creative spirit found through adventuring around with your skate friends.
Can my child join Urban Shredders?
We get this question a lot. We're not going to ask how high they can ollie, but we do expect Urban Shredders to be very comfortable on their skateboard. Would you feel comfortable with them skating ahead of you on a sidewalk, navigating the cracks and obstacles and stopping at the corner? If so, they probably have the skill to join.
Besides skill, they should also have a strong interest and skate independently outside of any classes or programs. In addition to interest, the program also requires stamina since we're out skating around all day. There's no need to already know tricks. We will learn together and encourage one another.
Feel free to reply to this email to ask any questions you may have about our Urban Shredders program.
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, people of all types are taking to the streets to voice their support for systemic change to dismantle the racist injustice and inequity our fellow Black Americans have suffered for centuries. As individuals and as SKATEYOGI we have marched in solidarity with groups around Brooklyn; from a family march in Grand Army Plaza to a procession of over 5,000 with Educators for Justice from Downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan City Hall.
I've found the best source of information is posted at justiceforgeorgenyc on Instagram with daily events posted the night before with updates throughout the day in the story. There's something for everyone and every comfort level, from children's marches, to silent vigils and bike rides. We're starting to see some quick governmental changes in response, but to really affect lasting fundamental change, we need to keep this momentum up all the way to November and beyond!
Speaking of something for everyone, the NYC Skate Coalition has spread the word on the first skater-led Black Lives Matter event today at 3pm (Friday 6/12) where we will be skating, biking and marching from the Williamsburg Monument to McCarren Park. Come on out to show your support to skate and destroy racism!
Peace and love!
It is official!
Yesterday, during his daily press briefing, Gov Cuomo announced that NY state summer day camps will be allowed to open June 29. I almost couldn't believe what I heard, so I went back and took a screenshot of the presentation to share with our team. We can now look forward with certainty to spending the summer doing what we love most: sharing the joy of skateboarding and creating lasting summer memories.
I am happy to see children will have outlets available to support their physical and mental well-being after months of isolation. And as a fellow parent, I can appreciate an opportunity to lighten the load of juggling everything-from-home.
Official NYS guidelines have not yet been issued for Summer Day Camps. After studying CDC guidance, we are confident we will be able to meet or exceed all of the requirements. Given our small size and the mostly outdoor nature of our activity, I believe a safe SKATEYOGI camp this summer will feel very similar to any other year with the addition of safety practices that have become second nature for kids during this current time.
One modification we are certain of is that we will be limiting our capacity to 8 campers per week, down from the usual 12 campers. (NYC metropolitan residents only.)
Due to this limited capacity, I would recommend registering soon to secure your spot if you would like to sign up. Please feel free to reply to this newsletter to ask me any questions you may have.
Like many New Yorkers, Gov. Cuomo's press briefings have become a daily ritual for me. When he talks about reimagining the future, it inspires me to think of how SKATEYOGI will evolve as a community. Before all of this, I saw online more for just discovery with in-person teaching being our primary mode. As we've put more energy into connecting with students online, I've realized that there is an opportunity for online and offline to enhance each other.
In one perfect example, I met someone who found us through Google search, watched some of our YouTube videos, ordered a skateboard from our online shop and then came for curbside pickup. Upon leaving they said they plan to watch some of our tutorials and are looking forward to attending class when they reopen.
In the spirit of keeping these connections going, I present to you our newest offering: Live Q&A with Kevin at SKATEYOGI! Every Wednesday at 5pm I will go live on our YouTube channel to answer your questions such as skate techniques, trick tips, skate gear, or anything else you can think of. Type your questions or comments in the live chat or submit them in advance.
On a more serious note, events in recent weeks of racists acts of hatred, violence and murder against our fellow Americans essentially for their Blackness have moved us express our outrage and sadness. Our vision at SKATEYOGI is a world where our differences are celebrated with peace and respect. These actions go against everything we believe and strive for in the greater community and future for our children.
As individuals we can take action by signing the petition to bring justice for George Floyd, get educated on the issues and remember to vote. As MLK said, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Peace and love,
Hope this finds you well. Thank you for coming by SKATEYOGI to buy skate gear during our curbside pickup hours! We've been humbled by all your support. THANK YOU!!!
It's been 2 months since everyone's life has been impacted by the NYS on Pause. We are tirelessly working towards finding a way to safely run our in-person programs this summer. Please know that we will only open if we know that we can safely do so.
Last Friday, the American Camp Association issued a detailed field guide for camps with guidance to safely run programs during COVID-19. We have thoroughly reviewed it and are ready to implement its recommendations. However, we are still waiting on NY state's guidelines for summer youth programs. Until we receive these official regulations, we are unable to assess the likelihood of camp this summer.
In order to allow us to properly train our staff, prepare our facility and implement new safety protocols, we have decided that if we can open in-person camps, they will begin on July 6. For those of you who have registered for the week of June 29, we'll reach out to you with refund/transfer options. We will be in touch again as soon as we are able to further update you on our summer plans.
In the meantime, please know we will continue to keep the stoke going with all of you through virtual programming , YouTube videos and curbside pickup for your solo skate gear needs!
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for dropping by the stream yesterday. It was really fun to have Kevin on, and we were able to share some great videos! Here are the links to the videos that I shared yesterday.
Para Todos, Todo
Rune Glifberg - Phunk 45
Mason Silva on REAL
Tyson Bowerbank - Almost Time
Hi SKATEYOGI Community! Thank you for stopping by to watch some videos with Joe and me yesterday. In case you missed it, here is the link to the full broadcast: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/620106679. Below you can find the links to the videos that we watched. Hopefully we will see you next Wednesday at 5pm!
Bobby de Keyzer - Purple
Doubles LTD's - New Mess
Don't Mess With Girl
Empire - Fried Chicken for the Gringo
Jim Greco's - Misled Youth
The Gonz - Real to Real
Jake Johnson - Short Ends
Hope you are staying safe and healthy!
Earlier this week, I had another virtual lesson with a student in Texas. I must say the experience has been awesome! When the lessons first started out, I thought the technology would be challenging. But even just a few minutes into our first lesson, the screens faded away and it felt like I was right there giving tips on kickflips and showing how to scoop your back foot on a no-comply.
I wanted to share the love so I'm excited to announce you can now book virtual skate lessons with either Danny or Emilio! They both have access to a skate space and would love to skate and learn with you. In order to help get them back to doing what they love most, we are offering a special rate for 4 weekly lessons. These are one-on-one 45-minute custom lessons with homework challenges. All you need is skate gear and a safe spot to skate like a driveway, garage or patio. Take your skating to the next level!
Stoked we passed 100 subscribers on our YouTube channel this week! It's been a blast making these videos and even more awesome to see people enjoying them!!
Looking forward to connecting with all of you!
Hello everyone! Thank you for tuning into the stream yesterday. It was awesome to have Simon on and see some of his videos. Here are the videos if you'd like to watch them again! The next stream is Wednesday 5/13 at 5:00pm!
Andrew Reynolds' - Made Chapter 2 B Sides
Cam Sedlick's Damaged
Ben Raybourn - Backyard Bizzaro
Ronnie Kessner - Sickhead
Jake Johnson - CONS Purple
Jake Johnson and Al Davis Mother part
Hello everyone! Thank you for tuning in to the stream yesterday. We had Emilio joining again, and it was a great time. I am definitely enjoying having another host. We had some great videos as well! Check them out below.
Pizza Skateboards - The Fifth Floor
Indy's - No Meat Pies, No Glory
Devine Calloway, Marek Zapransky - Helas
Ben Raemers' - Oververt
Chrystie: Chapter Two
Classics: Nick Trapasso's "Suffer the Joy" Part
Stay Gold - Andrew Reynolds
Atlantic Drift - Hippy Jumps