On its 10th Anniversary, Harold Hunter Day Goes Bigger with X-Games Qualifier and Skate Jam Next Month

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 at 10:29 am by

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Harold Hunter Day, October 2015

​On the occasion of its tenth outing, Harold Hunter Day is going big with new format and calendar date (May 21-22) at the Coleman Skatepark.

This past February marked the tenth anniversary of the death of professional skateboarder Harold Hunter. Shortly after his passing in 2006, fans organized a skate jam meant to help cope and convey positivity in the skater community. It soon became an annual event. The Harold Hunter Foundation was founded a year later, and provides “support opportunity, and advocacy for skateboarders in NYC and beyond so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and young adults.”

This year is Harold Hunter Day X, a two-day event that doubles as a qualifying competition for the X-Games.

“We had issues with the weather the last two years and we’re partnering with an amateur skate contest moving forward which is a qualifying event for X-Games, which is in early June,” Harold Hunter Foundation co-founder Jessica Forsyth tells us.

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Harold Hunter Day, October 2012

Said competition is the “Boardr AM Skate Contest,” and will happen on Day 1 (May 21). The top-placing skater from this leg of the contest will head to the Austin X-Games as a wild card contestant. Day 2 (May 22) is the regular skate jam and best trick contest that we’ve seen here the past decade.

They’re also providing a special opportunity for NYC skaters who compete in the contest by covering part of the entrance fee of $100. “For skaters at this level, sponsors usually pay entry fees, but there are many great skaters in NYC who don’t have major sponsors who can afford to pay,” Forsyth notes.

The top-placing skater in the overall event will also receive:

  • An all expense-paid trip to skate in the finals at the X-Games.
  • Placement on Skullcandy’s new athlete development program, “nolable.”

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