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Old January 1st, 2009, 06:26 AM   #1
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Default Miami Beach Great EsSkate

Miami Beach is having another one of their 3 day skaking events Feb 2009.

http://www.skatemiami.com/


Inspired by the Philadelphia Freedom Skate, the Great EsSkate was born in 2001 and immediately took on a South Beach flavor. The concept is simple—“EsSkate” the frigid northern winter and attend a seemingly endless weekend of skating, beaching, parties, entertainment, prizes, sun and fun, fun, fun! The Great EsSkate is not a race; it’s just gr8 summer skating in February.

This brings us to 2008, when we’ll celebr8 the “8th annual” Great EsSkate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 8, 9 and 10. As always, all event activities originate at our host hotel, this year the Continental South Beach Hotel, making it easy to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Events unofficially begin Thursday, and many who can’t w8 arrive early or stay longer. Count on the traditional kick-off skate Friday evening with a police escort. Following dinner, those still standing may head out for a down-and-dirty L8-Night Skate into Miami.

Saturday rolls around pretty fast, and so do we, skating a long, leisurely, see-the-city skate that ends with a picnic and sore feet—a great time to fill a pl8, sit back and watch us give away thousands of dollars in raffle prizes.

Then it’s beach time or pool time or nap time, because by 10 p.m. it’s party time: we hit one of South Beach’s nightclubs of renown. (Pack party clothes and leave the sneakers and T-shirt in your suitcase Saturday night.)

Sunday always offers a choice of skates that fit waning energies and tight timetables. Mix this with everything Miami Beach is famous for—Shopping on Collins! Dining on Lincoln Road Mall! Beaching and bar-hopping everywhere!—and you may decide never to go home.

The Great EsSkate is touted as the best skating event in the lower forty-eight; you'd think it would take a team of hundreds to produce it. The truth is it does!

Cramming one long weekend with as much fun and hospitality as hundreds of guests on wheels can handle, takes a core team of a nearly a dozen unpaid organizers several months to plan. It requires nearly 25 more assistants and another 200 volunteer workers. It necessit8s dozens of sponsors, scores of National Skate Patrollers from all over the country, the entire Miami Beach Police Department, the cooperation of several municipalities and the gracious goodwill of the mayor of Miami Beach!

Great EsSkate 2008 promises more gr8 and more sk8. Don’t be left out in the cold; sign up now for the lowest r8.

The Great EsSkate has two goals: We want to introduce sk8rs the world over to the perfect weather; multi-national population; flat, palm-lined pavement; and an awesome police force that make the Great EsSkate a unique experience. But we have a more serious goal, too: to raise funds for the Police Athletic League (PAL).

PAL is a youth–crime-prevention program that uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. Studies have shown a kid who gets to know and respect police officers on the ball field, in the gym or in a classroom is more likely to respect the laws those police officers enforce. The positive relationships that grow out of PAL benefit the youth, the police officer, the neighborhood and society in general.

That’s why so many people give so much of their time and resources to produce the Great EsSkate, and why we ask you to don8! It’s not just a skating event, it’s a chance to partner with the South Florida law enforcement community and to have a positive impact on today’s kids and tomorrow’s society!
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Is there any interest for a skatelogger meet up (breakfast/lunch/dinner you name it)?
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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Definitely - where are you staying?

There's this great breakfast place right on Ocean and 5th (or somewhere thereabouts), at least there was 10 years ago Not sure if it's still there, and of course I can't remember the name of it.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 10:48 PM   #4
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Good idea with a skatelog meet up - how many skateloggers are going to be there?

I will be there - Doh! obvious since I answer this post...

Who else??
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Old January 27th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #5
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Today DC got the first snow of the season. Thank goodness only 10 days to South Beach! I think those were my words Sunday while skating in freezing weather. Well, actually it was "two weeks to South Beach!", but that was two days ago and technically it was 12 days. . . .

There are at least 10 of us from DC headed south, but I can stop by to see SkateLoggers.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 03:38 AM   #6
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Friday lunch or Saturday dinner seem to be two convenient time slots based on the event schedule. Preferences?

For ease of organization, let's meet at the event hotel.

If we know that we'll have a crowd (8 or more), it's probably wise to make restaurant reservation ahead of time. Otherwise, we can just wing it.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #7
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I'll miss it, I'm vacationing in Miami Beach 2/10 - 2/17.

Will anyone still be there?
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Old January 28th, 2009, 04:41 AM   #8
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Eddy Matzger will have a clinic that weekend in Ft. Lauderdale - just a short warm up skate away from South Beach...

http://skatelogforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15855
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Old January 28th, 2009, 07:56 AM   #9
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Well Birgit since I'm staying with you I will definitely be there for breakfast.

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Old January 28th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #10
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Dinner on Saturday would be fun, you can count Bob and me.
If anyone is interested, Sunday night Bob and I are going to Tobacco Road, food, drinks and music.
http://www.tobacco-road.com/
Can't wait to get out of here, 8" of snow last night and still falling.
Jess, I'll send pictures of the back yard, the river has been frozen for a month.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 11:31 AM   #11
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I'll miss it, I'm vacationing in Miami Beach 2/10 - 2/17.

Will anyone still be there?
There will be a space shuttle launch on February 12th...you will be able to see it from the beach.
It's an incredible sight.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/
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Old January 28th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #12
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Friday won't work for me because we won't be getting there until late.

Does anyone have any extra room on their floor for my mom? She will chip in obviously...
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Old January 29th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #13
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Saturday Dinner @ 11th Street Diner Menu and location available at the restaurant's website.

Yay or nay?
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 03:36 PM   #14
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Old February 4th, 2009, 01:21 AM   #15
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There will be a space shuttle launch on February 12th...you will be able to see it from the beach.
It's an incredible sight.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/

A rocket launch is pretty awesome to watch from the beach. Unfortunatley, NASA has rescheduled the STS-119 launch date for no earlier than February 19.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #16
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Thanks to those putting me up. I am following the daughter and going with the flow, unless the flow gets too fast.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 02:46 PM   #17
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Geez! It would be great to hook up with you guys at some point! I didn't register for the EsKate because I worked Friday and today Saturday at Miami Jai Alai (won't get off until midnight!) but perhaps I can look you all up on the road tomorrow Sunday!!
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Great job everyone!

Feb.6-- Night skate. Patchy roads. Got dropped by the pack and there wasn't a NSP person telling us that the bridge was a draw bridge and had that metal grate thing, so I went down on my knees and got a nasty bruise on my left knee. Then I fell again looking back at an incoming car and hit a bump in the road. That one left some nasty bruises on my elbow and thigh. Gene picked me up at that point saying,"Get in the car and take off your skates." Geez, not too humiliating or anything. I probably only got about 5 miles in.

Feb.7-- 21 mile skate. All in all, it took close to three hours so we had our skates on for at least 4 hours. No falls, thank goodness. There's a picture in the Miami Herald of me going down one of the bridges (and it was rough pavement at that point so I have a funny look on my face).

Feb.8-- 15 mile skate along Collins Ave. There was a yacht show, so that was cool to see. I developed really bad blisters on my outside ankle bone; a likely result of old ezee fits that were separating. I ordered new ones today (2mm) along with new wrist guards. (I think both were at least 2 years old.)
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