Andy Kessler Day 2019 at Pier 62 in Honor of New York Skateboarding Godfather

There are certain people that come into your life and make it better. Andy Kessler was one of those people. His raw energy and passion for skateboarding was a constant inspiration. His legacy and ongoing fight to provide skateparks to the New York City area and beyond deserves all the respect and gratitude that can be offered. It’s been ten years since we lost New York skateboarding’s godfather, ANDY KESSLER, yet he will live on in our hearts forever.

Andy Kessler – a New York original. Photo/Art by Armando Roura

Kessler’s was always encouraging the passion for skateboarding. Build a ramp. Fight for a local skatepark. Take the time to teach a kid at your local park a new line or trick. Spend time each day reaching out to friends and talking to them about what they’re up to. Go skate every day, and never forget KESS. He did more for skateboarding than most will ever know. Remember the pure dedication. Remember Andy Kessler, a true NYC O.G. 

R.I.P. KESS. 1961-2009.

One way that Andy Kessler continues to be remembered is with an annual NYC skate jam, organized by JJ Veronis, like the one that just went down at Pier 62 on Nov. 3rd, where everyone rode hard and fast in honor of KESS. Thanks to Glenn Joyce, Zoli and Laura Weinstein for sharing their photos from Andy Kessler Day 2019 and to Laura Weinstein for the video clips featured below.

Photo by Glenn Joyce
RAYAD. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Shark Dog. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Bombette Martin. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Kayo Martin. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey, Steve Olson and Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Dave Taylor. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jaime Affournado playing with lead singer of Shinobi Ninja Doobie Duke Sims. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Charlie Coolcat. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Shark Dog autographs for the gloms. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Blake Sandberg. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Glenn Joyce
RAYAD. Photo by Glenn Joyce
RAYAD, Puppethead and Cool Cat Charlie. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Anna May Dutton. Photo by Glenn Joyce
I. Ching. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Shark Dog. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Duncan McGillivray-Smith. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Steve Olson and Puppethead. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Puppethead and Doobie Duke Sims jam poolside. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Porkchop. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Speed_NY. Photo by Glenn Joyce
Shark Dog. Photo by Zoli
Jami Godfrey and Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Zoli
Duncan McGillivray-Smith. Photo by Zoli
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Zoli
Jaime “PuppetHead” Affournado playing with Doobie Duke Sims. Photo by Zoli
Kayo Martin. Photo by Zoli
Shark Dog. Photo by Zoli
Mikey. Photo by Zoli
Porkchop, Shark Dog, Jami Godfrey, Bombette Martin, Puppethead, Steve Olson, JJ Veronis. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Duncan McGillivray-Smith. Photo by Zoli
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Zoli
Jaime Affournado, Steve Olson and Ivory Serra. Photo by Zoli
Shark Dog. Photo by Zoli
Glenn Joyce and Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Zoli
Olson. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Duncan McGillivray-Smith. Photo by Zoli
Jami Godfrey. Photo by Zoli
Bombette Martin. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Bombette Martin and Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Charlie Cool Cat. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Alexander Olson, Steve Olson, Ivory Serra and Puppethead. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Kayo Martin. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Puppethead. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Jaime “Puppethead” Affournado. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Captain Jim Reaper and Porkchop. Photo by Laura Weinstein
RAYAD. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Photo by Laura Weinstein
Charlie Cool Cat. Photo by Laura Weinstein
RAYAD and Cool Cat Charlie. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Mathilda Kotsonis. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Olson loses the bet. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Shark Dog. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Steve Olson and Jodi Kessler, Andy’s sister. Photo by Laura Weinstein
Andy Kessler cruises the streets of New York. Photo by Ivory Serra

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