Innoskate at Polk Museum in Lakeland for Go Skateboarding Day

It was a beautiful day to be both a skate rat and skate nerd today in the City of Lakeland for Go Skateboarding Day. The Smithsonian, Polk Museum of Art, and IASC teamed up for the Innoskate program and taught us all new things, regardless of your new or seasoned veteran status as a lifelong skateboarder. I've got my story in photos below as usual along with HiDefJoe's edit of a new episode of On The Boardr.

Innoskate at Polk Museum in Lakeland for Go Skateboarding Day

Posted by Rob Meronek 6 years ago on June 6th, 2014

It was a beautiful day to be both a skate rat and skate nerd today in the City of Lakeland for Go Skateboarding Day. The Smithsonian, Polk Museum of Art, and IASC teamed up for the Innoskate program and taught us all new things, regardless of your new or seasoned veteran status as a lifelong skateboarder. I've got my story in photos below as usual along with HiDefJoe's edit of a new episode of On The Boardr.

Photography

Rodney Mullen at Lakeland Skatepark Innoskate

If you were here early, you could get plenty of one on one chat time with Rodney Mullen. I heard interesting discussions about everything from video games to inventing tricks.

Rodney Mullen Photo
Rodney Mullen
Rodney Mullen Autographs at Lakeland Skatepark Innoskate

Plenty of John Hancocks were given.

Rodney Mullen Photo
Rodney Mullen
Chad Cardoza Kickstart My Art at Innoskate

Chad Cardoza and his wife Suzie started Kick Start My Art. Chad is speaking today on a panel with Rodney.

Chad Cardoza Photo
Chad Cardoza
Mike Frazier Florida Skateboarding at Innoskate

Mike Frazier is here to speak on the history of skateboarding in Florida.

Mike Frazier Photo
Mike Frazier
Neil Blender Artwork at Innoskate

Paul Schmitt came with some boards done up by Neil Blender.

Jereme Knibbs on the Bar at Innoskate

An early morning session started on this crazy quarter to bar. Jereme's got a hop up to feeble and back in.

Jereme Knibbs Photo
Jereme Knibbs
Jereme Knibbs Gonz Trick on the Bar at Innoskate

Jereme goes up and over the other way. Looks pretty damn dangerous!

Jereme Knibbs Photo
Jereme Knibbs
Uncle Sam Gonz Trick on the Bar at Innoskate

Uncle Sam goes Gonz on that thing.

Uncle Sam Bellipanni Photo
Uncle Sam Bellipanni
Uncle Sam Dipped on the Bar at Innoskate

Where's Uncle Sam going with that dip? Play the sequence!

Uncle Sam Bellipanni Photo
Uncle Sam Bellipanni
Chatting with Rodney Mullen at Innoskate

Pause for more chatting with Rodney.

Rodney Mullen Photo
Rodney Mullen
Professor Schmitt Deck Evolution at Innoskate

Professor Schmitt is here to discuss the evolution of deck shapes. These boards he brought with him represent the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's of board shapes.

Paul Schmitt Photo
Paul Schmitt
Inked Up at Innoskate

Paul Schmitt and Rodney Mullen were here.

Pose with Rodney Mullen at Innoskate

Yep, Rodney's still hanging out.

Rodney Mullen Photo
Rodney Mullen
Chris Deacon, Ryan Clements, and Chris Gay at Innoskate

Chris Deacon, Ryan Clements, and Chris Gay all have their own history of skateboarding in Tampa over the last 25 or so years.

Ryan Clements Photo
Ryan Clements
360 Flip a 90's Board at Innoskate

During Professor Schmitt's talk on skateboard deck evolution, Sam and the crew tried tricks on each decades' board shape. The 90's deck of course was easy for a 360 flip.

Uncle Sam Bellipanni Photo
Uncle Sam Bellipanni
360 Flip a 70's Board at Innoskate

The 70's board was not as easy to 360 flip, but Sam's got it still. When you see this, it's insane to think that our little human minds were simply limited by what we had not seen done yet, not by the tools and equipment we had access too and had yet to invent. I wonder what we're capable of right now but don't even know it simply because we are generally creatures that need to see something be done before we realize we can do it. Those few people that push that boundary are so important not just to the human race, but to little things like skateboarding to progress.

Uncle Sam Bellipanni Photo
Uncle Sam Bellipanni
360 Flip a 80's Board at Innoskate

Sam's got an easy 360 flip on the 80's board, too.

Uncle Sam Bellipanni Photo
Uncle Sam Bellipanni
Professor Schmitt Speaks at Innoskate

Professor Schmitt had a good time talking as well as us listening.

Paul Schmitt Photo
Paul Schmitt
60's Board Demo at Innoskate

The 60's board has no nose or tail which of course makes more modern tricks much harder. Aaron's got moves from back in the day, though.

Aaron Austin Photo
Aaron Austin
60's Board 360 Flip at Innoskate

You pretty much have to pressure flip to do anything on this board.

Uncle Sam Bellipanni Photo
Uncle Sam Bellipanni
60's Board Frontside Rock at Innoskate

Jereme's got a super sketchy front rock on that 60's board.

Jereme Knibbs Photo
Jereme Knibbs
Tim Payne at Innoskate

Tim Payne is on the panel to discuss Florida skateboarding history. He's built a thing or two here.

Tim Payne Photo
Tim Payne
Nick Halkias at Innoskate

Nick Halkias should start a company called The Hoardr. His collection is stacked.

Nick Halkias Photo
Nick Halkias
Rudy Phillips at Innoskate

Rudy Phillips and the Lakeland Skaters Alliance helped to get this park built. Thanks!

Rudy Phillips Photo
Rudy Phillips
Porpe Jocks Out at Innoskate

In between things to do, Porpe jocks out on the children in games of cornhole.

Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo
Jorge Angel aka Porpe
Florida History of Skateboarding Panel at Innoskate

Ryan Clements and Anthony Furlong are the moderators for this panel with Elissa Steamer, Mike Frazier, Tim Payne, and Nick Halkias.

Elissa Steamer Photo
Elissa Steamer
Gear Check 1 at Lakeland Innoskate

Pause for a gear check. Some kind of sound capture device here.

70's Board Screws at Innoskate

Back in the 70's, there weren't standard truck holes, so people used screws to put their trucks on.

Mike Frazier Autographs at Innoskate

Mike put down the John Hancocks, too.

Mike Frazier Photo
Mike Frazier
Gear Check 2 at Innoskate

Pause for another gear check with this wacky thing.

Wacky Skateboarders at Innoskate

Skateboarding has all kinds these days.

Thanks for Sizzling in the Florida Sun at Innoskate

Thanks for sizzling with us out here. It's time to start this Best Trick Contest.

Frank Branca at Innoskate

Frank is going to be a new daddy and new graduate in knowing all things video lensman.

Frank Branca Photo
Frank Branca
Porpe Front Board at Innoskate

Porpe assigns himself a full 10 points to this frontside boardslide.

Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo
Jorge Angel aka Porpe
Gavin Thompson at Innoskate

Gavin Thompson gets carried in by his crew for winning it today.

Gavin Thompson Photo
Gavin Thompson
Ready to Roll at Innoskate

Now we're ready to hit the road to skate over to Polk Museum of Art to hear Rodney speak.

Street Skating in Lakeland at Innoskate

Elissa Steamer and Professor Schmitt lead the pack.

Elissa Steamer Photo
Elissa Steamer
Mongo Freestyler in Lakeland at Innoskate

I spy a mongolian poop kicker with a freestyle board in hand surely on the way to get a Rodney autograph.

Ride Channel On The Boardr at Innoskate

HiDefJoe and Ryan are filming for our show on The Ride Channel called On The Boardr which documents all the fun stuff we get to do in skateboarding. Thanks for watching!

Ryan Clements Photo
Ryan Clements
Alex Bibilioni at Innoskate

Alex Bibiloni is a legit Skateboarding Girl.

Alex Bibiloni Photo
Alex Bibiloni
Professor Schmitt Flies the Flag at Innoskate

Professor Schmitt flies the flag on the last leg of the push.

Paul Schmitt Photo
Paul Schmitt
Don't Shoot at Innoskate

No need to show the po that ink. Today is a skateboarding friendly day in Lakeland.

Board Wall Art at Innoskate

Jereme Knibbs tags up the board wall at PMoA.

Jereme Knibbs Photo
Jereme Knibbs
Elissa Steamer and her Mom at Innoskate

I had the pleasure of meeting Elissa Steamer's mom today who was in the crowd.

Elissa Steamer Photo
Elissa Steamer
PMoA Skateboarding at Innoskate

Lots of Hail Mary's get tossed off these Team Pain obstacles in the parking lot at PMoA.

PMoA Skateboarding Art Show at Innoskate

Inside PMoA is a great display of skate art.

Chad Cardoza Speaks at Innoskate

Chad Cardoza addresses the crowd during his panel on the creative process in skateboarding.

Chad Cardoza Photo
Chad Cardoza
Rodney Mullen Speaks at Innoskate

There was serious applause every time Rodney finished up speaking.

Rodney Mullen Photo
Rodney Mullen
Filming Rodney Mullen at Innoskate

Capture it all. This kid is three minutes in on documentation duty.

The Crowd at Innoskate

Thanks for coming, ya'll.

Identity Crisis at Innoskate

A bit of an identity crisis here.

Paul Schmitt Autographs at Innoskate

Someone had these tiny boards for Paul to autograph. Either that or that's his skate nerdy notepad he rolls with to complement his tape measure.

Paul Schmitt Photo
Paul Schmitt
Large Mouth Porpe at Innoskate

Large mouth Porpe closes it out for On The Boardr.

Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo
Jorge Angel aka Porpe
Rodney Mullen Board Signed by Rodney at Innoskate

Wow, it's been a long time since I've seen that board. This kid got is signed by the man.

Rodney Mullen Photo
Rodney Mullen
Ho Ho Lessons at Innoskate

We're wrapping this day up with ho ho lessons by Alex. What a fun one. Thanks everyone for being a part of Innoskate in Lakeland.

Alex Bibiloni Photo
Alex Bibiloni

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