This first of it's kind event explored the intersectional nature of skateboarding culture and how it might offer a new manner to examine issues of diversity, civic and cultural engagement, academia, sport and diplomacy. The Nation Skate builds upon Neftalie's work as a lecturer on skateboarding culture, his work as the first skateboarding envoy for the US State Department and his PhD thesis, at the University of Waikato, 'Understanding the African-American and US Minority experience in skateboarding culture.