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Wild in the Streets 2006 Report

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The official meeting place for Emerica's Wild in the Streets 2006 was Buckingham Fountain, also known as the "Married With Children" Fountain, on the “front porch” of Chicago between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. After posing for some newspaper and TV cameras with a banner that read “Thank You Mayor Daley and Chicago For Embracing Skateboarding,” we were lead down the “wrong” path (an unplanned one), and onto Michigan Avenue by a rogue faction of skaters.

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It worked out well, though, as thousands of skateboarders hooted and hollered North toward the Magnificent Mile. Bystanders smiled ear-to-ear as a huge pack of skaters truly went Wild in the Streets, yet managed to do it peacefully! At Wacker Drive and the Chicago River, we turned right and headed down the ramp to Lake Shore Drive on to the Lake Shore Skateboard Path (at least that's what it was called was today!) and North to Oak Street Beach.

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The local Chicago skaters, including Uriah from Uprise and Vache from Affiliate and their crews, had cleaned up the sand at Oak Street Beach the night before and set up a couple of wedge ramps. An impromptu demo of sorts started as skaters rested to get some Vitamin Water before the long push up to Wilson Skatepark, our final destination. Local ripper Stevie from FA Skates, as well as a number of Emerica team skaters, threw down just long enough for everyone else to catch their breath.

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From there, it was another four miles up to Wilson Skatepark, where Emerica provided 600 burgers and hot dogs for the kids, as well as 1500 drinks, 550 bags of chips, and a few bushels of bananas. The skating was on, and everyone with enough energy went at it in the pool, most of the street course, and for blocks in every direction.

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It was a beautiful day in Chicago, with 2500-3000 kids showing up en masse from all over the U.S. (and one from Japan) to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day! Any day is a great day to be a skateboarder, but today was especially nice! The efforts that went into this event weren’t for glory or fame, but were truly geared at giving back to skateboarding.

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That said, the 2006 edition of Emerica's Wild in the Streets would not have been possible without Brian Quarles, Jim Spinello and Robin Wish from Birdsong3 in Chicago, and without the cooperative efforts of the Chicago Skateboarding Community: Uriah and the Uprisers, Vache and his Affiliates, John M., June Bug, Steve Davenport (amazing!), Shak and the RQ crew (and Charlie!), Duane from Skate Shack, Rob from FA Skates, Frank from Chi-Town Express and Eric from Stuck Magazine.

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The Emerica Public Relations group was also invaluable and very successful: Brian Jones and Janice Callado kicked butt and got the all the media to come out, despite some sketchy morning weather. A lot of thirsty kids drank a lot of donated Vitamin Water—thanks! And of course, the very foundation of Wild in the Streets: the faith, hard work and can-do attitudes of Emerica Brand Marketing Manager Justin Regan, Emerica Team Manager Jeff Henderson and all the Emerica team riders, who were good sports all day long, helped to bring out the throngs of kids! All in all, Wild in the Streets 2006 was a tremendous success. Here's looking forward to next year!--Mark Waters

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(54) responses to: Wild in the Streets 2006 Report

  1. 1st
    damn wish i could have been there!

    derek's Emeritar derek Posted:
  2. Next year, try astral projection.

    Poster's Emeritar Poster Posted:
  3. if i was there i would totally be there, but only if there was here could i be there.

    zVgoSkaTeVz's Emeritar zVgoSkaTeVz Posted:
  4. Dude
    i was fucking there
    and it was fucking amazing
    but i dont think spanky showed
    but lookin at the streets and seeing like 3000 kids stop traffic was crazy

    i even see myself in one of those pictures and it is

    wellfuckthat's Emeritar wellfuckthat Posted:
  5. I was at the banks, and my other freinds were in philly.

    NJskate's Emeritar NJskate Posted:
  6. shit looked sick, i had a shitload of fun today for sure!

    solid sessions's Emeritar solid sessions Posted:
  7. That was the coolest thing ever skating with all those people it didnt matter if u had skated for a day (which i could tell there where some kids this with a few days experiance) or if u had been skating for years. We were all there for one reason our love for skating and that was effing awsome

    COBHC's Emeritar COBHC Posted:
  8. fuck peaceful, you gotta do it roughneck style like we did in san francisco today!

    mikey's Emeritar mikey Posted:
  9. Yo Jeff, That one dude was crazy that we rode the L train with, I remember you got a pic of him, you should send it to me man.....

    Cory Martinez's Emeritar Cory Martinez Posted:
  10. sigh i apalogize for my last post a friend use my name and looked completely ignorant, wild in the streets was unbelievable lol i almost didnt get any food though keep skating everyone and try to get to national skateboarding day next time and GO SKATE this one was unbelievable i loved this shit and im glad i was there SKATE FOREVER

    -Zach

    skateforever666's Emeritar skateforever666 Posted:
  11. i suck at life. i dont ever know the date during the summer. i forgot it was go skating day and accidently slept in until like 4 pm and didnt realize until it was already june 22 that it had been go skating day. damn i suck. well i ahd a ton of fun last year with it

    greyskate13's Emeritar greyskate13 Posted:
  12. IF YOU EVER, (I CANT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!) EVER GET THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IS SOMETHING LIKE WILD IN THE STREETS, PLEASE DONT HESITATE!!!!!, YOU WILL BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER AND MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW, IF YOU WERE THERE, SKATING THROUGH TRAFFIC AND SEEING ALL THE SKATERS AND ALL OF THE REGULAR PEOPLE IN DISBELIEF, JUST THE FEELING THAT YOU GET WHEN YOUR PUSHING WITH EVERYONE, IS SOMETHING THAT YOU'LL NEVER FORGET, I KNOW I WONT.

    GET OUT THERE AND REALLY SEE WHATS GOING ON AROUND YOU.
    REMEMBER THAT YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, AND YOU DONT WANT TO LOOK BACK AND THINK, "MAN, I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE, OR I WAS GONNA GO BUT....."

    DONT BE AFRAID TO LIVE!!!!!!!!

    Cory Martinez's Emeritar Cory Martinez Posted:
  13. THATS BAB REAL BAD

    markous's Emeritar markous Posted:
  14. i went to chi. and it was like the best time of my life. it was sweet how all the pro were skate with us. not in one group like normaly

    240sxs14's Emeritar 240sxs14 Posted:
  15. 6th picture guy with brown pants and no t-shirts looks like bryan herman

    iLuVEmerica's Emeritar iLuVEmerica Posted:
  16. omg i wish i could have been there

    emericakrew's Emeritar emericakrew Posted:
  17. shit was insane. Riding through the streest was sweet. Next time they need to stay in teh streets and not ride 2/3 of teh trip on a bike path. I think i spied reynolds with new set of shoes?

    fagro's Emeritar fagro Posted:
  18. no reynolds had on black/gum reynold 2's

    240sxs14's Emeritar 240sxs14 Posted:
  19. i agree we should have been in the streets more not the path

    240sxs14's Emeritar 240sxs14 Posted:
  20. shit man i was there too..it was so sureal to skate side by side with reynolds, templeton and everyone else. Even though i barely got that chance to land any tricks..it was by far the best and coolest skating day. It was pretty intense skating from grant to wilson.

    chitownskater's Emeritar chitownskater Posted:
  21. we had like 8 people in our getto peace of shit town of miami oklahoma but we still shreded and i almost got ran over!!! we had 300 signs and posters everyware and on cars and everythang tell everyone new we got fined and everythang kicked off everythang but it waz still fun i skated tell 12 cuz the day waznt over i set up my ramps and mani pads and my rail and learned some crazy shit on it so yea it waz GREAT !!! thanks for makeing this day it is the best

    hippiesk8er13's Emeritar hippiesk8er13 Posted:
  22. shit was so tight.

    asmith's Emeritar asmith Posted:
  23. fuck, im so pissed i didnt even get to go skateing yesterday

    A-dog's Emeritar A-dog Posted:
  24. I WAS THERE i got some footy of the demo

    B-rod735's Emeritar B-rod735 Posted:
  25. i saw reynolds walk into a pole.

    almostboards's Emeritar almostboards Posted:
  26. i was at my local park and the skating was intense we didnt have any events organized at my town but alot of kids went to the local park and we ended up playing a game of kickball in the skatepark and then everyone skated after that it was awesome

    jonkapez's Emeritar jonkapez Posted:
  27. litte vid i found on youtube of wild in the streets: chicago

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ESfIX0pW_rc&search=wild%20in%20the%20streets

    fagro's Emeritar fagro Posted:
  28. wow, Chicago was fucking incredible.

    it surpassed all the expectations i had. The thunderous sound of all the wheels on cement, the sheer number of people..... it was fantastic. i couldnt've asked for anything more. Falling and eating shit didnt even matter, you just got up and kept going. traffic stopped, people looked.. it was just incredible.

    miles's Emeritar miles Posted:
  29. wow, Chicago was fucking incredible.

    it surpassed all the expectations i had. The thunderous sound of all the wheels on cement, the sheer number of people..... it was fantastic. i couldnt've asked for anything more. Falling and eating shit didnt even matter, you just got up and kept going. traffic stopped, people looked.. it was just incredible.

    miles's Emeritar miles Posted:
  30. Cory Martinez's Emeritar Cory Martinez Posted:
  31. chi-town was so amazing i came from ohio just to see it and it was soo worth it.

    iamMEGA's Emeritar iamMEGA Posted:
  32. wild in the streets in MIA was a full success dispite of not using that much of info to spread the word.... but definetly chicago wild in the streets was of the hook.... hope u make one in MIA soon.....

    skateFL's Emeritar skateFL Posted:
  33. The Chicago-Tribune has a cool photo essay with sound on the event. Go to: chicagotribune.com and click on where it says Photo under the Images in the News spot on the lower left column--a guy drinking from a flask is in the pic but don't click on him! It also has a story attached. If they have changed out the story just search Wild in the Streets and click on the story on the event.

    skatermum's Emeritar skatermum Posted:
  34. DRUNK? I was shocked to hear that the entire Emerica team never showed up to the final stop in Milwaukee because they got DRUNK at a bar. Do you know how many kids you disappointed? You put on a great show at Cream City, but you are professionals and getting drunk and leaving hundreds of kids with nothing to show for their wait is inexecusable. After seeing the other comments from the Wild in the City news, it's evident that your team nor your site is "family/kid friendly". Unless you like swearing every other word. The Almost Team leaves you in the dust...I hope those who got drunk and never showed up all get fired.

    Disappointed's Emeritar Disappointed Posted:
  35. MAN!!!!!! that day was sooo awsome... i have never seen so many sk8rs get together and take over the streets.... people should do that more often

    xlonelyxemoxgirl's Emeritar xlonelyxemoxgirl Posted:
  36. wish i could of been there

    AKsk8er's Emeritar AKsk8er Posted:
  37. Man i cant find any videos of Wild in the Streets. Youtube.com and myspace dont work. I want to see what Chicago was like. It looked sureal. Next year I want to go.

    Southskate91's Emeritar Southskate91 Posted:
  38. ahhahah Disappointed this isnt a sports team bitch, this is skateboarding (no pun intended)

    fagro's Emeritar fagro Posted:
  39. EET

    jonkapez's Emeritar jonkapez Posted:
  40. i missed it

    KR3WGIRL's Emeritar KR3WGIRL Posted:
  41. me and my friends r like u know what just leave it will do it next year

    KR3WGIRL's Emeritar KR3WGIRL Posted:
  42. I bet it was radical.

    gabebauman's Emeritar gabebauman Posted:
  43. I know you guys like Holland... so next year you can make a party right here in rotterdam I'm waiting for you!!!

    sk8tergirl89's Emeritar sk8tergirl89 Posted:
  44. Everyon next year skateboard at the VANS SKATEPARK california

    SKATEBAKERGIRL's Emeritar SKATEBAKERGIRL Posted:
  45. man i was at dis skatepark an d the local shop, The Market, was there and they set up all di crazy shit, i think they did a product toss but i left early to skate other places
    ()))___Crayola___)))>
    ()))___Crayola___)))>

    VEL's Emeritar VEL Posted:
  46. yeah dog

    k-dog's Emeritar k-dog Posted:
  47. hey

    jarbuckle's Emeritar jarbuckle Posted:
  48. damn i wish i livd there but i liv in poland shit

    saturdayskater12's Emeritar saturdayskater12 Posted:
  49. nothing

    KR3WGIRL's Emeritar KR3WGIRL Posted:
  50. happened where i live at

    KR3WGIRL's Emeritar KR3WGIRL Posted:
  51. anybody know where its at next year?
    hopefully NYC

    LiVin1212's Emeritar LiVin1212 Posted:
  52. Cant believe i moved out into the desert and missed it i lived like right up the street from the skatepark. oh well guess ill have to seetle for the demos Donny dishes out from Pharmacy skateshop Victorville,CA.

    scarysk8kid's Emeritar scarysk8kid Posted:
  53. wish i was there

    EmericaSkate1213's Emeritar EmericaSkate1213 Posted:
  54. well my aunt lives out in Chicago and i compleltely forgot about it. and im like dude you could of flown me out to chicago but it is far from california.:(

    SKATEBAKERGIRL's Emeritar SKATEBAKERGIRL Posted:

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