Before Off-White, and certainly before Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh was just a kid enamored with skateboarding. In her recent interview with GQ, Virgil's wife Shannon Abloh divulged that “Skate was the first thing that he really fell in love with as a child. It influenced so much of his design practice and who he was as a person.” In keeping with this nascent fascination, this year's Art Basel was capped off with the first annual Abloh Skateboarding Invitational. The event, hosted by skaters Eric Koston, Theotis Beasley and artist B. Brendan Fowler, took over Miami’s Lot 11 Skatepark with an obstacle challenge, open skate session, cash for trick and a professional skateboarding demo.
We caught up with a few of the skaters and attendees to hear about the significance of the event.