Push More Rep Newsletter: Hosting an Event Pt. I

Hosting an Event, The Planning Stages…

Aloha Push More Fam!! One of the main motivators for us here at Bustin for starting this program was the fact that the skateboarding community is one of the strongest and best places to get plugged into on earth. One of the main ways to build and strengthen the local scene in your area is to provide an excuse for them all to come out to shred and lurk together. Hosting events is going to be perhaps the greatest way to gather your local scene all in one place at the same time and it actually is much easier then you may think!

Joshtafari throwing a toeside check during one of the Czech Hill Slide Jams this past summer. Photo: Tyler Topping

Hosting an Event Step By Step Guide:

1. Pick your Location

When picking out the spot to host your event, remember that this could attract people from a couple hour radius so you want to make sure your spot fits a few key criteria:

 -Low to No Bust is a Must: Make sure what ever spot you choose will allow for a fairly long session to go down without interfering with the flow of the local traffic flow.  Talking to the local residents is also HIGHLY recommended prior to the event to give them a heads up of what will be going down. This also gives them a point of contact the day of the event that is not the local law enforcement incase an issue arrises which obviously is a much better option for everyone.

-Cater to the Community:  Know that everyone who comes out is not going to be in the “advanced” skill bracket so picking a spot that pushes beginners but also allows seasoned vets to have fun is an important balancing act to follow.

Your itenaray can include some non-traditional events as long as the end result is skating and having fun! Photo: Bandy

2. Plan your Itinerary 

Once you have your location dialed in, you now need to decide whether you are looking to simply host a community gathering or offer some kind of contestable situation for the homies.

-Keeping it Casual: Freerides/gatherings are low pressure opportunities for the community to come out and push each other while keeping the focus oriented on fun.  Aim to keep the “hang out vibe” present so everyone feels a part of the group throughout the entirety of the event.

-Contest Considerations: Contests are great ways to casually compete with the homies and should be planned carefully to ensure a fun and safe experience for all involved. Cycling through heats quickly to keep the skating flowing is key as well as offering the chance for everyone to get in their personal skate time before or after the competition will keep the focus on having fun for everyone.

A community push is a great way to get all skill levels involved! Photo: Bandy

3. Blast Out the Details

Now that you have put all the back end leg work in its time to let everyone know to save the date so they can come out and get shreddy! There are various avenues to get this information out to the people and when all are worked in conjunction with each other, you are able to cast a wide net to get as much interest as possible in your event.

-Create a Facebook Group: FB is a very powerful tool to digitally rally a crew by informing a large swath of people of whats going to be going down soon in their neck of the woods. Give all of the details possible pertaining to the event but its always worth the consideration of keeping the exact actual address of the event under raps until a day or two prior to the event to avoid blowing the spot just before your event.

-Generate an Event Flyer:  This is a great way to get all the event details quickly listed out for anyone interested in coming out. You should try to make this as clean and professional as possible which can be accomplished by using either Canva.com  or Pixlr.com which are both free web hosted photo editing programs.

-Word of Mouth: Although it may be 2017, simply getting out and talking to the community is a great way to gain interest in your event. Hit up skate parks, skate shops, or any other known skater hang out and leave an event flyer or at least talk to whoever is around about it.

An example of a flyer from this past summer’s Crab Grab Slide Jam

After completing all of these steps you are ready to actually host the event that you have worked so hard to plan. Check out the next Push More Rep Newsletter to get some hints on actually running the event!

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