Skateboarding: From Being a Hobby to the World of Professional Sport

A pro skateboarderAs early as 1959, commercial skateboards have been used by people who were into the rising popularity of surfing. Back then, skateboarding was known as sidewalk surfing because it was done on sidewalks instead of on the ocean. Skateboarding used to be just a form of recreation which was popular among the youth, but it has evolved into a more serious and extreme professional sport today.

A Brief History

From being just a hobby among teenagers, skateboarding became a worldwide sensation when the very first skateboarding professional team was created in 1963. However, its fame did not last because of the danger that it entails. Because of that, skateboards underwent a makeover and the kicktail was introduced in the mid-1970s for greater maneuverability and more exciting tricks and board flips. Then, it was further catapulted to its fame when ESPN included skateboarding in the X Games and introduced skateboarding as a professional sport.

Support of the Community Through Public Facilities

Skateboarding has maintained its popularity not just among the youth, but among people of all ages too. Communities have built skateboard parks as an athletic facility and a public park as well where skateboarders can get together and practice their skills safely, away from the dangers of incoming vehicles. To maximize the facility, great skateboard park design should observe both usability and functionality concerns for both skaters and the spectators. Some of these usability concerns include flow, traffic, difficulty, and visibility while functional concerns include capacity, access, safety, security, and maintenance.

With a professionally built skateboard park, skateboarding will definitely continue to thrive and more people will get interested in the sport, whether as skateboarders or as avid supporters. In fact, skateboarding is now part of the 2020 Olympic Games in Rio!

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