Skate Invasion: The 14th Annual Toronto Board Meeting Photographs
This year marked 14 years of the Toronto Board Meeting and yet again it did not disappoint! An event that started in 2003 with 25 people in white shirts and ties is now annually over 1000 people strong and 4 days of fun,friends, family, community, and skateboarding. Toronto Board Meeting is the heart and soul of skating of all forms that changes peoples lives every year. Armed with camera I was ready to take on the stoke and capture the fun.
CTV News Clip and positive review of this years Toronto Board Meeting.
DAY 1: Movie Night
Kebbek Skateboards was launching their movie premiere of “Lost in Havana” so we got together and set up a film premiere to open the weekend. We also showed our documtary Toronto Board Meeting “lucky 13”. The night was a huge success and 50 plus people show up in the pouring rain. Both movies shared a vibe of skaters going outside the known law to try to bring joy into people’s lives. Through life’s struggles, joys and miscommunications we all share one thing in common. Skateboarding changes lives for the better, no matter what board you are riding, how much money you have, or where you live.
Live from Africa skype Q&A at the end of the showing of “Lost in Havana”. The director is working on a new film and gave us a sneak peak on the vibe.
Lee-Anne Bigwood stoked on winning a new Kebbek skateboard.
Day 2: Old School Night Shred
The rain washed all the scum off the streets and Old School Night shred was ready to go down. Our weekly garage session usually ranges from 15-30 people but this Toronto Board Meeting weekend drew over 150 people to come shred. THIS NIGHT WAS LIT!! You never know what could go down at Toronto Board Meetings Old School Night Shred.
WHAT A HYPED CROWD! This night was almost as good as Toronto Board meeting itself. Some say even better!!
Liam Mckenzie and Stoney S Babe feeling the vibes.
Billy Bones but surfing around the falling corpses of the osns crowd.
Sisi Zhou getting lit up in the crowd by Gene Nillas.
Steven Vera styling through the diry car holes
Cam Brick never misses a Toronto Board Meeting and smiles all weekend.
Toronto stoke legend Jeff Hooper always winning the skate face game.
Jinx Moody the secret hero of Toronto Board Meeting weekend.
Miz “send it” Molly is nothing but style in the dirtest of car holes.
Pasty market lurk. We made sure to schedule more stuff for next years snack invasion.
HEY LADIES!! Always proud of the growing female stoke. Record turnout for this years osns.
The police finaly noticed 150 skaters and took away our fun. Lucky for us Toronto Board Meeting was the following day.
Day 2: The Toronto Board Meeting
The Sky was calling for an 80% chance of rain and I woke up in wonders about the day’s event. Will the sky’s open up and wash away all the fun? or will Board Meeting vibes push the clouds away? Luckily it was the latter and 1000+ plus people gathered in the park. New and old faces the crowd cheered Board Meet, Board meet (or if you muddle it just right Corn Beef, Corn Beef) an epic crowd was ready for the hill drop.
Every year I have the worst house ghests. Dad meeting was pretty legit and managed to have fun with these horrible people.
Landy flow member Matt King always down for a coner session.
Tim Smith back in Ontario and always steezy.
Team Asia back in Toronto and ready for their pre-meeting nap.
Flat land master Tim Borovszky getting down in the kiddy pool.
Hill drop stoke on Graham Mundy’s face is large!!
Brian Choi fresh from his nap and ready for his selfie run through the pack.
David Jackson being heavly follow by the future Tim Smith
Miz Molly starting bird trend as Stoney S. Babe flys not to far behind.
Doing the hill drop on two wheels is better then 4.
BOARD MEETING IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!
Mr Smooth Chicken helping lead the pack past parliment.
Luke Melo enjoying a cold drink on a summers day.
NO FUN IS ALLOWED AT TORONTO BOARD MEETING!! NO FUN!!
Steven Vera keeping it casual in a hecktick slide jam.
Omen Longboards local Sam Flint switching it up at the city hall jam.
Cindy Zhou being swallowed by the pack.
I would love to say Pat Schep is horrible person but he might also be the best person alive.
BOOM another all ladies photo for the board meeting crowd!!
Cindy Zhou looking back into my eyes as the pack rolled on. Not only was Cindy Zhou the brain behind skate or poop but apparently she’s also a client!!
A thick crowd cheering for the Board Meeting!!
Locals not knowing what to do in the middle of a 1000 skaters.
Seriouse buisness is Eric Jensens middle name as he pushes on to cap off this years board meeting.
The Sector 9 after-party was insane this year. I’m going to leave at you had to be there!! Smoke machines, Luke Melo and I went back to back, gangster rap by my homies Naughtz and Dj Chino 420, and after hour beats by my homie BONES MCLEOD. We can’t talk about the after after party aka “the hotel lobby” but I here there was some interesting venn diagrams. Photograph by Mike Girard.
DAY 4: SLIDE FU
Waking up the next day is always a challenge. You need to figure out where you are, what time it is and then make it to slide jam? Somehow mostly everyone got their ass to Toronto’s Poop chute. This year we had the bear trap thanks to bear trucks and Slide Fu turn into “Bomb Fu” and the speed was out!!
B-town boys Tim Smith and Matt King sent it all day long.
Others took the moment to send it hard on the couch.
Fastest manual winner Curtis “Baccon” Frost bringing something new to the game.
Eric Jensen convincing a pack of locals to send it down the side ditch.
One quickly learns the gold rule. Never listen to Eric Jensen.
Tim Smith style on lock.
Matt King almost running over a corpse on the poop chute floor.
Gene styling out a toe side for the camera.
Brady brown doing his best super man impression.
Right into the ditch!!
Stoney S. Babe got to keep his head phones.
All smiles and laughter as we wrapp up another slide fu and board meeting weekend.
Huge thanks to everyone who came out to make the 14th Annual Toronto Board Meeting another huge success!! Special thanks to our sponsors Sector 9, Landyachtz, Kebbek skate boards, Skate Slate, Longboard Haven, Loaded Boards, Orangatang wheels, Omen Longboards, Roarockit, Zero Fucks bolts, Bombora Boards, Comet Skateboards, Venom, Flatspot longboards, Switchback longboards, The Escarpment Surfers, Toronto Girls Longboarding and Skate Invader crew for doing what you can to make this event possible!! We couldn’t have done it without community support.
What’s stopping you from next years Toronto Board Meeting: SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 15th ANNUAL TORONTO BOARD MEETING!!