HAROLD HUNTER DAY V RECAP

On Saturday afternoon, November 12, 2011, the 5th Annual Harold Hunter Day went down at the LES Skatepark in Manhattan.

Organized and run by the non-profit Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF), with support from primary sponsors Zoo York, Vans, HBO and Camp Woodward, HH Day V once again united the collective NYC skate community for a positive day of shredding in honor of the late, great Harold Hunter.

The annual event also served as a fundraiser for the Harold Hunter Foundation to support its mission of using skateboarding as a vehicle to provide inner-city youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness, and the development of life skills.

An all-ages skate jam ran from 1-5pm with roughly 1,000 skaters and spectators swarming the skatepark all afternoon. DJ Smoke LES provided the beats, 5boro’s Steve Rodriguez was the event MC, and plenty of renowned skaters were on the scene including Nardelli, Chaz Ortiz, Brandon Westgate, Zered Bassett, Eli Reed, Nolan Lee, Billy Rohan, Rob Campbell, Danny Falla, Jimmy McDonald, Joe Tookmanian, Luis Tolentino, Rodney Torres, Chad Muska, and many others.

The “Best Trick” contest was held on the pyramid in the center of the skatepark, and everyone was definitely going for it. When it was all said and done, Shane McGrane was named the winner and took home the grand prize: a one-year supply of apparel from Zoo York. Immediately following Shane’s win, a massive product toss took place with loads of stickers, t-shirts, hats, decks and other promo gear scooped up by the crowd.

Once the skate jam was a wrap, the 21+ crowd headed to Max Fish on Ludlow Street for an after-party with live beats provided by DJ Smoke LES and friends. Check out pics from the after-party on Alex Corporan’s blog.

Harold Hunter Day V was made possible through generous support from event sponsors Zoo York, Vans, HBO, Camp Woodward, Supreme, Cottonmouth, ProSport Wellness, SHUT, Paradox, BONES Wheels, Bones Bearings, With A Mouse Design, 5boro Skateboards, Prographix, The Professionals: NYC Sound Company, and the collective New York City skateboard community.

Huge thanks to all the sponsors, skaters, volunteers, and especially the great city of New York, for making HH Day V such a memorable event.  LEGENDS NEVER DIE!

And a shout out to all the media outlets that ran post-event stories on HH Day V including Transworld Skateboarding, Thrasher, Skateboarder, NYskateboarding, Push.ca, Hypebeast, Radcollector, Mashkulture, 48 Blocks, Lat34, and many more. Thanks for your support!

Following are event photos by Akira Ruiz, Jamel Toppin and Greg Waters, as well as a recap video shot and produced by RB Umali.

Photos by: Akira Ruiz

Photos by: Jamel Toppin

Photos by: Greg Waters

HAROLD HUNTER DAY V | NOV 12, 2011 | NYC

The Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF), in association with primary sponsors Zoo York, Vans, HBO and Camp Woodward, is proud to announce the 5th Annual Harold Hunter Day will take place Saturday, November 12, 2011, at the L.E.S. Skatepark in New York City.

Established in 2006 after Harold’s untimely passing, and managed by the non-profit Harold Hunter Foundation, Harold Hunter Day V will once again unite NYC’s tight-knit skate community for a positive day of skateboarding, camaraderie and remembrance.

Harold Hunter was a legendary New Yorker with a larger-than-life personality and altruistic nature that enabled him to touch the lives of countless people around the world. Each year HH Day commemorates a life well lived by celebrating the things Harold loved most – skateboarding, music, friends, family, and of course, New York City.

“I look forward to celebrating five years of remembering Harold’s life at this year’s HH Day,” says Steve Rodriguez, 5boro Skateboards Founder and Harold Hunter Foundation Board Member. “Ever since I participated in my first HHF project years ago, I knew it was an organization I wanted to continue working with.  The impact that the HHF has on the kids involved is simply too great to not be a part of it.”

On Saturday afternoon, November 12th, Harold Hunter Day V will kick off at the L.E.S Skatepark on the corner of Pike and Monroe Streets under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown. An all-ages skate jam will run from 1:00–5:00pm and feature product giveaways, appearances by pro skateboarders, live music from DJ Smoke L.E.S., and pop-up “Best Trick” contests with prizes including a one-year supply of *Zoo York apparel and other gear from event sponsors.

Immediately following the skate jam, an after-party will be held at Max Fish located at 178 Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The gathering will be open to the public (21+ only) with live beats provided by DJ Smoke L.E.S. and friends.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Harold Hunter Foundation relies on support from the skate community and related affiliates to achieve its mission of using skateboarding as a vehicle to provide inner-city youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness and the development of life skills.

With this principal goal in mind, a limited edition Harold Hunter Day V t-shirt designed by Mark Nardelli from 5boro, and a skateboard deck crafted by Sam Wilson from With A Mouse Design, will be sold at the event with proceeds benefiting the Harold Hunter Foundation. Both items will also be available post-event at select New York skateshops.

Harold Hunter Day V is made possible through generous support from event sponsors Zoo York, Vans, HBO, Camp Woodward, Supreme, Cottonmouth, ProSport Wellness, SHUT, Paradox, BONES Wheels, Bones Bearings, With A Mouse Design, Prographix, The Professionals: NYC Sound Company, and the collective New York City skateboard community.

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*One-year supply of Zoo York apparel includes 20 t-shirts, 10 button downs, 5 hoodies, and assorted shorts & denim.

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