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Skateboarding is popular throughout the world because

  •  Skateboarding is simple
  • Anyone can try it
  • Makes you apart of something
  • Adrenaline Rush
  • Wholesome Family Fun

      "Why is skateboarding so popular?" It's a good question. In a recent survey in the US, Skateboarding was found to be the 3rd most popular sport with teenagers, coming in just under football and basketball. Skateboarding is popular all over the planet, with pro-level competitions raging year-round, all across the globe.

      One reason that skateboarding is so popular is because all you really need is yourself and a skateboard. Technically, you don't even need shoes! The skateboard itself is fairly low cost, especially if you don't need a "top of the line" skateboard. Plus, anyone can try skateboarding. It doesn't matter if you are fat or thin, short or tall, young or old, there's a board and a style that will work for you. Skateboarding is all about self expression. If you are a slow, soulful guy, it will show in your skateboarding style. If you want everything fast, that will show. If you're a dare devil, if you're graceful, or if you're comical, it will all come out in your skateboarding. Being yourself, learning the tricks and developing the style that is all you. That's easily one of the biggest reasons that skateboarding is popular.

      Some peoples perception of skateboarding is all wrong. Not all skaters are punk. Some skaters are only a little punk, some are jocks, some are nerds, some are Goth, and many don't fit into a box. But they are all "skaters". They have all picked up a skateboard, given it a shot, and loved it. There's something a little different about real skaters and that is another reason skateboarding is so popular. Skateboarding will take anyone, as long as you have the heart. You can suck at skateboarding but as long as you really try, and as long as you love skating, you're in.
      Most skaters get along pretty well, considering who knows what else they're into. At the skatepark I've seen my fair share of jerks, but I've also seen a shocking number of cool people. Older skaters encouraging younger skaters, good skaters giving tips to crappy skaters, and total strangers getting along, hanging out and having fun. There's plenty of attitude, but not all of it is negative. I think that this willingness to take anyone, as long as they truly try, is a another big reason why skateboarding is so popular.

      But if you want to be good, you really do have to try, and skateboarding can hurt. In fact, you are almost guaranteed that you WILL get hurt! It comes with the board. This sense of danger and the fact that if you do pull off a good trick means that you are both good at something difficult and you've paid for it in blood. This pride and sense of danger has a lot to do with skateboarding's popularity. "Non" skaters love to watch it for these same reasons. Skateboarding is just the skateboarder and his skateboard. No ropes, unattached, flipping and spinning through the air and along the ground. You have to respect that.

      My last and most important reason skateboarding is so popular is that skateboarding is fun. The feeling of riding your board down a hill or over transition at the park can't be beat. The feeling of landing a new trick is a huge rush. The feeling of weightlessness, of fading into pure motion, of pushing yourself and only yourself.  This is all easily the largest reason for skateboarding's popularity. Yeah, skateboarding will hurt, but all things worth while involve some level of risk and pain. Skateboarding is freedom and self expression. Skaters out there know, and if you haven't skated, you should try. There's nothing like it.