Metro Vancouver has hosted major, world-renowned skateboarding events in the past, including Slam City Jam and EXPO 86’s Transworld Skateboard Championship, and we’re about to get another! The Generations Skateboard Society has announced the first 7 Generations Cup, an Indigenous-hosted pro skateboarding invitational that will take place in Langley.
7 Generations Cup
- When: June 10-12, 2022
- Where: Langley Events Centre (7888 200 St, Langley)
- Tickets: Available online now (individual day or 3-day weekend passes)
The name 7 Generations Cup takes inspiration from the Kwantlen First Nations’ seven laws of life – health, happiness, humbleness, generations, generosity, forgiveness and understanding. Events include:
Mini Ramp Challenge
Celebrating the original Mini Ramp Challenge with the 35th anniversary legends invitational.
All Terrain Contest
Full course event, from mini-ramp to street, with heats of 5 skaters for 5 minute sessions.
Best Trick Sessions
Signature obstacles inspired by Indigenous hosts and the province of BC: Coastal Canoe, Hockey Net, and Cedar Hat Hip.
Top international freestyle skaters will compete and showcase modern flatland freestyle skateboarding.
There will also be Pow Wow dancers, Indigenous drummers and singers, a Basket Repatriation Ceremony, Indigenous vendors and more.
Brenda Knights of the Kwantlen First Nation and Bentwood Skateboards is a Board Member of the Generations Skateboard Society and is helping to ensure strong Indigenous leadership and inclusion. She says: “There will be no doubt that guests of the event will have the opportunity to have both an Indigenous experience as well as enjoy a fantastic skateboard event.”
As part of its mission to be as inclusive an event as possible, organizers say they have taken steps to ensure gender equity and inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The event will also feature a newly-built version of a famous ramp that was originally designed by pro skaters Kevin Harris and Lance Mountain. Harris, a world-record holder and Canada’s first pro skater, is a board member of Generations Skateboard Society and a key organizer of the event. Harris also co-founded the legendary Richmond Skate Ranch that helped launch many of Canada’s top pros.
The 7 Generations Cup will also mark the return of Jason Bothe (a.k.a. Renee Renee) as emcee. Bothe is an icon in the skateboarding world for his emceeing at various events and on FUEL TV, as well as having appeared in a number of skate-oriented films and music videos.
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