The boards were back in town this July as Vancouver’s Hastings skate park hosted the third qualifying event of the Vans Pro Skate Park Series, an inaugural world championship in park terrain which culminates August 20, 2016 in Malmö, Sweden. Talking with skaters and super fans on the first day of competition, it seems as if skateboarding’s punk rep is long dead, because family—in its various incarnations—is the prevailing theme. Though, in a world that much bigger and continually out of sorts, perhaps to skate together and stay together is the most punk thing one can do.
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