Harold Hunter Day Marks 13 Years with Weekend of Skateboarding Events

Posted on: May 31st, 2019 at 5:04 am by

Essex Street, March 2017

The thirteenth annual celebration of the life of skateboarder Harold Hunter is now underway.

The eponymous nonprofit foundation behind the annual event – the Harold Hunter Foundation – transformed the former one-day skate jam into a weekend-spanning occasion in the spring of 2017. And so it continues this year.

Harold Hunter was a skater-slash-actor, and a fixture of the nineties downtown street scene. His prowess as a top-notch skateboarder landed him a spot on the Zoo York team while a young teenager. But most will probably remember Hunter for his role in the seminal 1995 film Kids. He died February 2006 from a cocaine overdose in the Campos Plaza housing project on East Thirteenth Street. In the wake of his death, a foundation was organized with the goal of pushing skating as a positive force for youth.

Harold Hunter Day, Summer 2015

Below is the full schedule of events:

HUF x HHF Capsule Release Party at the HUF NYC Store (125 Crosby Street, Manhattan)
A party to celebrate the release of a limited edition HUF x HHF product capsule featuring co-branded socks, tees, and a hoodie which will be available on the HUF website, at the HUF NYC and LA stores, and at retailers nationwide with proceeds to benefit the foundation.

Industry Panel Discussion hosted by HHF, G-Shock, adidas Skateboarding, and The Boardr
Amateur skaters competing in the HHF Wildcard Contest division of Boardr Am and participants of the HHF Legacy program will learn about the ins and outs of working in the skateboarding industry from a panel of industry veterans (private invite-only event).

Boardr Am featuring the fourth-annual HHF Wildcard Contest (Coleman Oval/LES Skatepark, Manhattan)
Boardr Am is a top amateur skate contest drawing skaters from around the world. HHF subsidizes entry fees for up to 20 local skaters in the HHF Wildcard division. Both the overall winner of Boardr Am and the winner of the HHF Wildcard division will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the finals at the Empire Open contest in Montreal, Canada.

HUF Team Demo/Skate Jam (12th & A)
Skate jam at 12th and A featuring a demo by the HUF team and new box and ramps.

Harold Hunter Edition Of SKATE NIGHT NYC hosted by adidas Skateboarding (Max Fish 120 Orchard Street)
adidas Skateboarding and Max Fish present a special Harold Hunter edition of the bar’s famous Skate Night NYC featuring discounted drinks, Harold Hunter Trivia, games, prizes, and a special Harold Hunter Remix edit created by RB Umali with live music from local skate rock acts Witchslap and Matalleg.

Harold Hunter Day XIII Skate Jam (Coleman Oval/LES Skatepark, Manhattan)
All-ages skate jam featuring pop-up “Best Trick” contests on custom build obstacles in the park with cash prizes, a live DJ, and a massive product toss. Following the session at LES will be a cross-city skate mission with the adidas team hitting some of NYC’s most famous skate spots along the way for additional best trick events for cash and bragging rights.

Recent Stories

‘Parkour Expo’ this Weekend Atop Seward Park High School

Parkour enthusiasts take note: Move NYC is headed to the Lower East Side this weekend. Nomadic outfit The Movement Creative is setting up a temporary rooftop playground, composed of of 8,000lbs of metal pipe, joints, and wooden beams atop the New Design High School (nee Seward Park High School at 350 Grand Street). Movement Creative […]

66 Clinton Street Sees New Life as 8-Story Luxury Development

Two months ago, New Life of New York City sold its flagship building at 66 Clinton Street and relocated to Alphabet City. Next up, luxury living. Just last month, the nascent landowners – Vault Development and TLM Equities – filed paperwork with Department of Buildings for the new development. Set to rise eight stories, the […]

Mayor de Blasio’s Flawed Jail Plan Leaves Inmates Further from Home [Op-Ed]

As summer winds down, we head ever-closer to the city-wide ULURP hearings on the proposed borough-based prison plan. All said and done, it’s been one big farce the past several months, through various public hearings in four boroughs held by city agencies (save the respective community boards). At each turn, neighborhoods rallied to oppose Mayor […]

The Ten-Story Development Now Atop the East Village’s Last Gas Station

It was the neighborhood’s last gas station to shutter. Now, it’s a ten-story luxury development. Foundation was first poured for 11 Avenue C way back in December 2016. The timeline upon its conception two years earlier was a fourteen-month construction period. As of this week, the superstructure is pretty much topped out. Rotwein + Blake […]

Eldridge Street’s Formosa Cafe Folds

Casual Taiwanese establishment, Formosa Cafe, is finished. The Eldridge Street hangout hung it up earlier this month. Token tombstone signage now hangs from the cartoony marquee. The Lower East Side location is survived by an outpost in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Formosa debuted at 34 Eldridge back in May 2015. It was a large, accommodating space […]