Skateboarding has come a long way from being just a teenage pastime. In fact, last year, the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of skateboarding in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, solidifying its status as a serious sport.
While most of the skaters are relatively new to the field, beginners flock to skateparks to watch exhibitions and learn the basics. Companies like OC Ramps, a well-known skateboard ramp manufacturer, say that the best way to learn the sport comes from practicing on a professionally-designed flat skate rail, though.
The Commercial Visibility of Skater-Themed Music
More and more musicians have featured skateboarding in their material, such as Avril Lavigne’s hit song “Sk8er Boi” in 2002 and Lupe Fiasco’s 2006 single, “Kick, Push,” which touches on the subject of love and skateboarding. This brought about an increased interest in skateboarding. More than a decade later, there are more skateboarders than ever, especially in Baltimore and Chicago’s South Side.
A New Way for Millennials to Have Fun
Traditional high school sports used to mainly feature football, basketball, and baseball. After the development of skating parks in neighborhoods during the late 70s, riding a board was a convenient alternative to having fun and passing the time. Teenagers could easily get on their skateboards and practice tricks with friends.
Not Just a Boy’s Club
Skateboarding isn’t just a bro fest: women are making it big in the skateboarding scene as well. There are, in fact, several GRO skaters all around in New York and Los Angeles. This has come in part due to the efforts of organizations like the Girl Rider Organization (GRO), which promotes women’s participation in action sports. As a result, skateparks are becoming an inclusive place to learn to skate.
Skateboarding as a sport is at an all-time high. After gaining more visibility for its inclusion in the upcoming Olympics, it has ushered in a new era for skateboarding enthusiasts. As more young people zip across sidewalks on their skate and longboards, skateboarding is en route to becoming as popular as more established sports, such as basketball and volleyball.