Looking back on this year, we are just beyond grateful for all your love and support. While this pandemic has affected everyone's life in many ways, it has also given us time to pause and reflect.
Here at SKATEYOGI, we've been blessed to share laughs and smiles with our students in this unprecedented time. Thank you for letting us be part of your life and for trusting us.
Celebrating this year's Thanksgiving in a socially distanced manner, we feel connected to the strength of our community more than ever.
Wishing you a great holiday regardless of how you choose to celebrate. Please stay well & safe this holiday season!
Again, THANK YOU!!
Everyone from SKATEYOGI
Hard to believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. While we take a break from our series classes we'll have the opportunity to offer some special classes. Kids can try an Intro to Skateboarding Class or come share the fun with your child in our Parent & Me Classes. For a more intensive experience we have camps the day before and after Thanksgiving on 11/25 and 11/27.
I also got a notice from the shipping elves that lots of new skate gear will be arriving well ahead of Small Business Saturday so be sure to check our webshop!
$119 per pair (Adult + Child)
$69 per student for 90-min classes
$49 per student for 60-min classes
Keep Pushing, Keep Adapting!
This morning, the whole SKATEYOGI team got together online for a video conference meeting. These virtual team meetings became a great community builder for us during the lockdown days of spring and we’re keeping them going as a way to reflect and continuously improve. Plus, it gives me a chance to use lots of silly GIFs in my presentation :)
It was great to hear lots of positive feedback from the team on our new, longer format sessions. They told us the extra time for students really allowed techniques to sink in providing a space to continuously practice and learn.
They are looking forward to welcoming back our younger skaters (ages 5-7) for the first time in-person since the Spring as well as a teens class for the Fall II series starting up Nov 2. Of course we also have plenty of sessions for skaters ages 7-13.
There is still room but spots are filling up so sign up soon!
Our Fall Series started up this past Tuesday and it's been a great transition from summer into the school season. The 3-hr sessions have a camp vibe with plenty of time to get to know each other, learn and skate both at our indoor ramp space and plenty of outdoor time at nearby parks.
The weekend sessions start up tomorrow and there's still some spots left in both the morning and afternoon sessions if you'd like to sign up. Some of the weekday sessions have room as well so we'll be doing ongoing registration where space is available.
Returning Soon! Ages 5-6 (Grades K-1)
We have really been missing skating with our younger shredders! Starting in Fall II (Early November–January) we will be bringing back multi-week series for students ages 5-6. We are working out the exact details but this will a drop-off program with a slightly longer length than our standard classes. Stay tuned!
Summer is a State of Mind!
Summer may be just about over but we are planning to keep the summer camp vibes going well into the Fall season at SKATEYOGI!
This year's Fall I multi-week series is like a week of camp that gets stretched out until the end of October. Same time slot every week with the same group of friends to learn and skate with. The 3-hr sessions allow for plenty of outdoor skating whether it's at a park nearby SKATEYOGI or at Golconda Skatepark in Downtown Brooklyn.
As a fellow parent, I know this is tough time as our children transition back into learning amongst all the uncertainties. We're hoping that SKATEYOGI can provide a space for kids to be themselves and get much needed physical enrichment.
We have series throughout the week, in the morning, afternoon and afterschool hours. Spots are starting to fill up so sign up soon since there's limited enrollment.
Liv joined SKATEYOGI in Summer 2020 after relocating from CT. Liv also runs a women/womxn’s skateboarding platform called Sk8Babes. We are so excited to have her as part of SKATEYOGI community. She will be helping us to provide people with a safe space to learn and make friends!
Big thanks to everyone that responded to our Fall Planning Survey! The feedback was very helpful in determining a range of options for us to offer.
We are stoked to announce that registration for our Fall I season is now open!
Adult Basics will return too!
Fall Program for Kids
SKATEYOGI's Fall 2020 Kids program builds off our experience running summer camp under COVID-19 guidance.
You choose a particular time slot and come back for that same time each week. This keeps the students in a cohort for consistency and safety.
To fit the range of family needs we have sessions available on weekdays and weekends, in the morning, early afternoon and aftershool hours. For an even longer session you can sign up for back to back sessions and the student can stay with us during the 30 minute transition time (For example from 9am-3:30pm).
The age range is 7-13 for series at SKATEYOGI and 9-15 for series at Golconda. These ranges are based on our experience with students in these longer format programs.
Kids Under 7
We hope to offer programs for our students younger than 7 once we feel comfortable to return to shorter class lengths. Please stay tuned! In the meantime we do have limited availability for private lessons for students of all ages.
It has been great welcoming students back this summer. As a parent myself, I've seen the screen time quota go out the window. It's delightful to see our students getting outside, challenging themselves and going home dirty and tired. I like to say that skateboarding can be whatever you want it to be – I sincerely hope that this fall, SKATEYOGI can offer a space for extracurricular enrichment and community to serve your family's needs!
Please note, due to the longer sessions we have less spots overall than a typical Fall season. Please sign up soon to secure your spot! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Skateboarders Adapt! ️
From Prospect Park to Downtown Brooklyn, our two camp crews had an amazing first week full of new friendships and fun memories. We even started making our own little skatepark at the playground near SKATEYOGI.
One thing skateboarding teaches is resilience and adaptation. This summer, that means adding masks to our safety gear list, swapping high fives for smiling eyes, and not forgetting to sanitize. Small inconveniences to be shredding safely with two smaller camp groups in Prospect Park and Downtown Brooklyn. We are so stoked to be skating in-person together again!
Summer Curbside Shopping Hours
This summer I'll be at the shop for curbside pickup and shopping on Wednesdays 4-7pm and Sundays 2-5pm. Shop ahead online or come by with any questions. See you at the shop!
Summer Camp – Some spots available
Urban Shredders (All Levels OK - Ages 9-15)
- Week of 8/3 1 spot
- Week of 8/10 3 spots
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!