It sounded like the roar of the ocean on Thursday in Detroit's Hart Plaza as about 2,000 skateboarders hit the streets for Go Skateboarding Day. It's an annual event that takes place on June 21, but this year was special in the city because it was chosen as the site of the Ninth Annual Wild In the Street's mass ride.
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The ride took a route that shot up Woodward Avenue (with a slight detour into the Cass Corridor), then turned on Ferry St. to John R. and up Mack Avenue to Eastern Market. Afterwards, many of those who showed up chilled out and showed off their skills at a nearby abandoned tennis court. The Detroit police helped out with the event making sure car traffic didn't interfere with the ride and good times.
Timothy Nickloff is the global brand director of Emerica, a skate shoe company that helped organize the ride. He said Emerica chose Detroit for the ride this year in order to help the local skateboarding community set up a DIY skatepark in the city.
"It's amazing, just the show of all the people who have come out to support skateboarding," he said, adding that for many it was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see some of the skating world's greatest stars. "When the pros come through, it's a big deal to the kids who look up to them."
The skate day wraps up Thursday night with a benefit concert for the new skatepark, RideIt Sculpture Park, with performances by Break Anchor (with former member of rock group Suicide Machines Jay Navarro), Child Bite, Snakewing, Drunk Dom & the Roaches and Wrist Rocket at Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak.
Check out some riders and tricks from the Wild in the Street ride in the gallery below.