The concluding part of our blog on the history of skateboarding proves that the popularity of skateboarding has not waned in recent times. Large worldwide events, such as Street League Skateboarding and Street League, are competitions for internationally famous professional skaters.
Millions of fans across the globe can see their favorite skaters perform in competition against the best of the best. Stars such as Eric Koston, Nyjah Huston, Andrew Roberts, Torey Pudwill and Paul Rodriguez all compete for prize money of $200,000 or even more, and the Street League is for professional competitors only.
Germany in 2018
Germany continues to lead the skateboarding empire outside America, and just like the U.S, it is the street skating that is the most popular. As a pastime or sport, it is not hard to grasp why skateboarding took the world by storm and will continue to flourish.
Old or young, big or small, anybody can take up skateboarding. The equipment is relatively cheap, and you can do the activity anytime or anywhere. The German and European scene is independent, each country or region has its own industry, its own competitions and contests.
Skateboarding is now no longer just a sport or a pastime, it now has a role in most societies around the world. It has woven itself into the fabric of youth culture and fashion and is very much here to stay. Because of the increased networking that exists within the skate scene, skateboarding will continue to develop in new innovations and fashion styles. Being a skateboarder is making a statement to society, and it is an attitude of life.
Skateboarding Scene 2018
Skateboarding as a sport, pastime or lifestyle is like no other. The culture that has run parallel to the sport has influenced the language that we speak, our fashion and music that we listen to.
Since the very first days in the 1950s, there have been no rules governing skateboarding, no teams, just the individual. And since the very first boards were developed, a culture was lit; perhaps born out of the surfing ideology, but the culture that was embraced upon the streets of every town and city across the globe was based upon freedom, the freedom to do what you like wherever you like.
Street skaters are free to skate how they want and perform tricks they like, there is no governing body of street etiquette. And the free and independent ideology with no rules is the real attraction of skateboarding: it attracts people who like to do their own thing and to adopt exactly what they want to from the scene, be it fashion or the way they skate.
The culture surrounding the skateboarding scene has been developed partly by the large fashion manufacturers, and hardware producers but also the attitudes of all the skaters, their independent views and ideas. The world’s most famous cities that have embraced skateboarding and its culture are, perhaps, San Francisco, Munich, Barcelona and Vancouver. They have no obvious common thread linking them, aside from the attitude of their people.
Skateboarding is as popular today as at any time in its history, it has branched out into two separate ways: the sport and the street culture. One could not exist without the other and they will be forever linked.