After the 15 minute downhill cruise through the streets of Burlington, it was back to the skatepark to kick off the rest of the A-Dog Day festivities. Everywhere you looked everyone had a smile on their face and you could tell it was going to be a good day. The best part about the new Andy "A-Dog" Williams Skatepark is that it lives right on the water next to the bike path. On any given Saturday you have people walking by with their head turns like they have never seen a skatepark before. But on a Saturday when there are hundreds of skateboarders and music bumping, everyone was stopping to see the action.
The contest started out with a chaotic battle over the euro gap. Next was the vert wall, then the out ledge, and finally the 3 block. A few skaters, such as Oliver, Nate Dugan, LJ, Quade Rocke, Ivan and Axel Glenny, and many more were throwing down on all sections. It was a blast to watch and even more fun to capture every moment. As the contest came to an end it was time to unveil the mural that Josie Furchgott Sourdiffe, had painted to honor Andy. The painting symbolizes everything Andy was about and more. Music, skating, friends, family and life.
I find the best part of the day was looking around and seeing how many people were there celebrating one thing, A-Dog. The legacy he left behind is easily one of the strongest and it shows in a community such as Burlington. This event wouldn't be possible without the enormous support from the City of Burlington, Maven, Burton, Converse, Powell, Friends For A-Dog, and many more.
Thanks again for everyone who came out and made A-Dog Day 2016 such a blast! Until next year friends!
- Pete -