Some peer groups last, some break apart as soon as distance tests their friendship. Most of the skateboarder cliques dare to differ. One of them confessed how their love for the sport has made them equally special and unique despite all the prejudice and stereotyping.
He says that his relationships with his fellow skateboarders are most often traversing international borders. So it’s no surprise if you’ll see a bunch of them happily bonding together amid their different races. No, there’s no issue at all and they jive really well.
How the Skateboarding Community Treats Each Other
FACT: Skateboarders look out and take care of their fellow skaters. OC Ramps, in coordination with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, even granted a child’s wish for a skateboard park to be designed. There was also an instance in which a member of their community, Rob Pontes, was confirmed to be suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
It only took him seven days to raise enough money for his medical bills amounting to $30,000. All of the donations came from his fellow skaters. Pontes believes that their community is an international family, ready to help each other in times of need.
If a member is traveling and in need of a home to stay while in a place that he is not familiar with, his skateboarding community is always ready to help. They can go as far as looking for a job for their fellow skaters by simply communicating to their skate brethren. So it’s no surprise how one skateboarder can go to various places and survive without bringing anything but their board.
The Basic Rule: Pay It Forward
In the skateboarding world, the basic rule is simple. A member must return the good favor when somebody needs help. Skating is also an outlet for pent-up emotions. One member muses that he is finding solace in skating, like a creative outlet. For him, the activity is his mode of expression that gives him a new perspective on a lot of things.
Skateboarding is a sport that involves not just stunts and tricks in skate parks made by designers. Enthusiasts consider it as a venue for expression, a recreational activity, and a hobby that made them meet amazing people.