Sunday, June 21, 2009

The 4th Annual Sector 9 Poker Run

The 4th Annual Sector 9 Poker Run

What could be better than spending a beautiful day at the beach skateboarding, trying to win cash in a friendly poker game, eating fish tacos, and egg-tossing and crab-walking your way to free Sector 9 gear? Nothing. Which is why over 300 skateboarders showed up to the 4th annual Sector 9 Poker Run to celebrate International Go Skateboarding Day. June 21st was not only Go Skateboarding Day, but it was also the first day of summer, and Father's day ? so the sun was shining and even the Dad's came down to get in on the action.

The event kicked off at Crown Point Park on Mission Bay in San Diego. As the Sector 9 truck pulled in to set up the event, there was already a crowd of eager skaters and Sector 9 fans who had been waiting all morning to get in on the fun. As more and more people showed up, the signature yellow event t-shirts began to take over the area. With the first card drawn, bottles of Nika water in hand, and poker faces on, it was time for the Boardwalk Poker Run to get rollin'.

The skaters cruised down the bay boardwalk picking up cards along the way. After hitting up the last checkpoint, the skaters crossed over to the beach side, en route to South Mission Jetty to get their last card and start the GSD celebration. Skating 5 miles in the blazing sun is quite the workout ? luckily, Wahoo's was there to greet the skaters with Fish Tacos and huge jugs of water as they finished. After lunch the best poker hands were awarded cash and brand new Sector 9 boards.

With barely enough time to digest, the games were underway. The famous egg toss competition was more intense than ever as 160 contestants lined the sand, willing to get down and dirty in hopes of winning a new Sector 9 board. The long distance egg splattering, the few epic catches, and Craig Beck's heckling made for a very entertaining event. After the egg toss the kids showed some real dedication in the sand races, crab walks, buried treasure hunt, cartwheel contest, and the newly added scary somersault race. Not everyone went home with a cash prize or a new complete, but everyone got some Sector 9 love, and everyone went home stoked.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate International Go Skateboarding Day. See you next year!