To begin my travels during the weekend of Go Skateboarding Day, I first traveled to Miamisburg, OH for an appearance of Rob Dyrdek’s cousin and reality show star “Drama”. The event was held at Walker Auto Group on Saturday June 20th and was equipped with free food.
Two groups, channel945.com and LA Fitness, were on hand to assist with the event. The event was set up to help promote Go Skateboarding Day. The group of people there was fairly small and it gave it more of a backyard barbecue feel rather than a celebrity sighting. Drama took the time to sign autographs and take photos and even came out of the tent to mingle with the people. It was a good look, seeing as Miamisburg is only a few miles away from Kettering, Rob’s hometown (although Drama is from the Akron/Canton area). It was good to see Drama interact with everyone and not be put off by the size of the crowd. I’d like to give a thanks to Drama for taking the time to come out and keep the kids excited about skating and there was definitely a good amount of DC being worn so I have a feeling that will be continued.
As I was standing back, taking pictures of the event, I had to the chance to meet and speak with Rob Dyrdek’s father and sister and even was introduced to Drama’s mother. I was able to spend a good 15-20 minutes speaking with Rob’s dad and it was incredibly interesting. We spent the majority of the time talking about the progression of skateboarding as a whole and he offered advice on what I should also look into when running this site. Names such as, the Maloof brothers, Chaz Ortiz, The Berrics, and of course the Fantasy Factory came up. We also spent some time talking about Rob’s career, what that entails and a little of what is yet to come. On that note, Rob has a new show in the works and it sounds thoroughly entertaining.
It was very interesting to hear about all of these things through his perspective and I value the fact that he took the time to speak with me and was sincere and helpful. I hope to have the chance to speak with him again someday. The enthusiasm for skateboarding that he exhibited and how he detailed Rob’s desire to change parks and make better for the kids was inspirational to see and hear about. I would like to thank him for taking the time to talk to me, again.
I’d also like to send a thank you to Walker Auto Group, Channel945.com and LA Fitness for holding the event and I hope that they continue to help with events that promote skating in their area and even beyond.
After the event, I went to the Skate Plaza in Kettering and it had a good amount of people skating and hanging around. It was good to see that many people getting together to skate and hang out. When speaking with Rob’s dad, he told me that they had been to the plaza earlier in the day telling kids to come out and see Drama. I think it would be pretty hard to pull anyone away from that park, but he got a few. Below are pictures of the event and of the Skate Plaza.