In The Loop: 6/20/09. Its Raining Skateboards | Buzz Blog
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you.

In The Loop: 6/20/09. Its Raining Skateboards



So Summer of Death kicked off today, but looking outside you wouldn't know it.

--- Yeah, that was pretty much the scene most of the day. A lot of the skaters got fed up with waiting and decided to board in the rain. Taking their share of spills and crashes and they slipped across every wooden ramp. And the bar... let's not talk about the results from the bar.

Eventually it let up in time for the 17 & Under division to get underway. Not as many this year as last, but still a good showing from kids who were willing to take risks.

But of course as soon as the kids got their skills on, the rain started to our again. Many sought refuge under tents, while some of the wiser folk made their way into Burt's which had been opened up and converted into a Natty Light lounge.

With on and off downpours the 18 division was pushed back past 6PM, at which point I had to bolt. But a lot of awesome shots which you can check out here, two of which I almost took a skateboard to the face... try to guess which ones. And many thanks to the people over at SLUG and all who showed up in the rain. Awesome day.

Coming up the next few weeks I'll have Gallery Stroll coverage, writer Carl Joglar, a podcast, a comic writer, and four band interviews along with pictures from the Utah Arts Festival. And as I plan the month of July out, as always, we'll see what happens.