The Great EsSkate - Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Great EsSkate?
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 great summer skating in February. It's also a 501(C) (3) non-profit corporation created solely to organize and produce the event.
Why the Great EsSkate?
The Great EsSkate has two goals: We want to introduce skaters 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 that 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.
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!
Who is the Great EsSkate?
The Great EsSkate is touted as the best skating event in the lower 48; 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 nearly a dozen unpaid organizers several months to plan. It requires another 25 pre-event assistants and 100 weekend-of-the-event volunteers. It involves 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 chief of police and mayor of Miami Beach!
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 donate your time as a volunteer.
Where and when is the Great EsSkate?
The 15th Annual Great EsSkate takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 6, 7 and 8, 2015. As always, all event activities originate at our host hotel, this year the Surfcomber Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, making it easy to meet up with old friends and make new ones.
Events unofficially begin Thursday, and many who can't get enough sunning and skating arrive early or stay longer. We have a pre-skate social event followed by a police escorted kick-off skate Friday, then a break for dinner and/or exploring the area. Following the dinner break, those still standing may head out for a Late-Night Skate into Miami or a less serious excursion down Ocean Drive to South Pointe Park.
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 plate, sit back and watch as thousands of dollars in sweepstake prizes are given away. 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. promises more great and more skate. Don't be left out in the cold; register now for the lowest rate.