Growth and Development: The SFV Slide Jam[wptouch target=”mobile”]
It has been about a year and two months (according to the Skate[Slate] article) since I last reported on the cool cats of the SFV longboarding group. I wrote my first article about the San Fernando Valley Longboarders way back when they use to be known as The Northridge Longboarders group. Back then, they were a motley bunch of valley kids looking for an escape from the monotony of the day to day. A solid group of individuals simply out there to spread the stoke and get people together one day a week to enjoy a healthy helping of incline skating. Fast forward a year, and if you needed any kind of confirmation as to the growth of the sport, look no further, this is your litmus test.
My first article covering The Northridge Longboarders, circa April 2012:
This last weekend, the SFV Longboarders celebrated their first official slide jam. Despite a last minute location change, and the sweltering heat of an early summer afternoon, the jam went off without a hitch. The jam, attracting the sponsorship support and attention of some of the biggest names in the business, had competitors flying in from as far away as New York City. The once grassroots longboarders of Northridge have matured into quite the hub for Southern California coordination and networking. If birds of a feather or a ride out to the canyons is what you’re after, it’s nothing a quick post in the SFV forum can’t resolve.
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Hosting their own jam has acted to establish something of a stake in the sand for the SFV longboarders. The Los Angeles scene has always been a bit disjointed due to it’s vast geographical size. And as the scene grows and matures, we have begun to see the formulation of various smaller longboarding factions, all throwing their hats into the ring to coordinate their own gatherings and sessions. However, what the SFV longboarders have done is act to establish a group within which all of the various cliques can come together and weigh in. A central meeting place for all of the SoCal warriors of skate to exist and discuss. The knights of SoCal’s skateboarding round table, all able to keep tabs on what’s new, and what’s happening on a grass roots level, from week to week. Moreover, with the success of last weekend’s slide jam, the SFV Longboarders have plainly earned their organizational stripes. Making moves and solidifying the group’s importance within the Los Angeles scene which we all know and love so dearly.
A big thanks to Rachel Bruskoff, Matt Peckson, Kyle Chin, and all the event sponsors for helping put together a rad event, doling out a huge amount of product, and ultimately stoking out the majority of the LA / Valley scene like no one else’s business – you are awesome.
To learn more about the San Fernando Valley Longboarders, or to get plugged in to what’s happening, simply visit their Facebook page:
Thanks for reading, now coordinate, and go skate.
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