Is Skateboarding A Sport? 30 Reasons Why It Isn’t

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If skateboarders were considered athletes… Artwork By: Mike Chen

In skateboarding’s short but seasoned lifespan, it’s become integrally connected to countless cultural facets and artistic mediums. It’s been co-opted for outside marketing purposes and minimized as nothing more than children’s toys more times than we can count or care to. It’s fallen and gotten back up and tried again, over and over. To say the least, skateboarding has seen some shit.

Let’s be honest with ourselves – whether or not skateboarding is a sport hasn’t ever been worth exploring. It’s inherently worth about as much contemplation as anything on the cover of a tabloid. Who really gives a fuck? There’s so many more interesting aspects of skateboarding, not to mention actually doing it, that deserve more attention than the “sport” argument. But with the Olympics quickly approaching, and skateboarding’s involvement in the 2020 games looking potentially stronger by the day, we decided to ask ourselves: Is skateboarding really a sport?

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Quick answer.

Skateboarding isn’t a “sport”, by definition. Anything involving movement could be viewed as a sport if so approached and desired. Sex could be turned into a “sport” as much as anything else. (Has it been? We didn’t research.)

Not-so-quick answer:
There’ve been some interesting responses to this query, ranging from “insider” insights to outside journalistic endeavors to Ian Mackaye to a certain skateboard company known for their direct approach to such matters. Despite some very convincing commentary and editorial that fit our narrative quite well, most arguments we came across are somewhat intangible. “Art”, “culture” and “lifestyle” are words we saw thrown around a lot, but we needed legitimate reasoning, so we came up with it ourselves.

We decided to look at what separates skateboarding specifically from the traits of traditional sports and decide if correlation equals causation after. Here are a few key differences we noticed.

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When people think of a skateboarder as an athlete, the guy in the number 1 spot comes to mind. Artwork By: Mike Chen

1. Skateboarding has no scoring system and lacks/has no use for structure. There is no defining quantitative formula to determine “points”, although some have tried. Despite valiant attempts by the X-Games, Street League, Tampa Am/Pro, BATB, etc., it’s abundantly clear that any single or even multiple “performance(s)” isn’t in any way indicative of an overall skill level. Statistics have no relevance. There’s no formula to determine who’s the “best”. If there were, Andy MacDonald or Daewon would probably win by sheer numbers alone.

2. There are no “minutes played”.

3. What matters most differs every few years. Traditional sports have no cyclical nature, only records to beat or compare to. Hard and soft skate goods are constantly being improved upon and changed to accommodate certain eras and push boundaries, while tricks and terrain constantly shift with attention spans. Tell us how much rugby has progressed or changed in the last 10 years…

4. The changes made in most sports result in more rules. Skateboarding’s changes involve only more options.

5. There is no “we”. No, “we won!” attitude when someone takes first in a contest or “we did it!” when someone lands an NBD. No “we got so and so in a trade”. The only time “we” did anything is if you yourself did exactly that thing.

6. Style is as or more important than the trick being done. Certain skateboarders have built lasting careers not on the difficulty of the tricks they do, but how they do them. Kareem’s skyhook steez was something else, but could he build a career on just that? Gino’s still getting accolades from The Chocolate Tour. Dennis Busenitz’ push is more entrancing than half his tricks. Nate Jones literally stuck with a handful of tricks in his arsenal (not to say that he wasn’t capable of more), and if you talk to any skateboarder with enough knowledge, Nate goes down as one of skateboarding’s greats.

7. Stats are stats in traditional sports, and those who are beyond good usually rise to the top. That’s not necessarily the case with skateboarding. Some skateboarders’ skill level doesn’t translate accurately or even matter over a period of time. There’s no formula for greatness in skateboarding. We’ve all encountered the folks who’re a thousand times better than their video parts or photos can capture, probably even defended them to naysayers; Matt Beach is our usual house example.

8. Skateboarding is destructive by nature. Every second on a board chips away at something. We’re vandals and masochists. We break our boards when we’re mad. Traditional sports are “great exercise” – skateboarding is fully expecting to cause yourself and whatever you’re skating damage. Every moment on a board is a potential risk to the possibility of never skating again. You can play any traditional sport solo with very little, if any risk involved.

9.  No two boards, ramps, obstacles or parks skate the same. Even the pre-fabricated, mass-produced obstacles skate differently depending on how they’re sessioned over time. There is no regulation-sized/textured anything.

10. Careers can be lived out anywhere one so desires that actually has something skateable. Reynolds could move to Saskatchewan and still maintain his status as an influential professional, partially because…

11. …There is no set standard to the status of “professional” in skateboarding. It’s determined by and large democratically by board sponsors, and once someone’s seen fit to turn you pro, you’ve got that title for life if you want it. Once you’re done in basketball, you’re “retired”. You only retire in skateboarding if you choose to and even so, it’s hard to retire that title from your persona. Ex. Heath Kirchart.

12. If you don’t get along with the team/crew, you’re out. Doesn’t matter how good you are in skateboarding. Whereas in major sports, if that person is cocky and doesn’t get along with anyone on the team, they’ll stay on so long as their keeping their stats up. If that were the case in skateboarding, Forrest Edwards would still have a pro board under his feet today and Chad Fernandez might still have a career. Credibility is a fickle thing with indeterminate variables, as far as skateboarding goes.

13. In most traditional sports, these athletes must be tamed professionals and there is hardly room for any alternative ways in participating in their respective activities. By this account, if skateboarding were to be considered a sport, then there’d be no room for Richie Jackson, or Rodney Mullen in our world.

14. Influence matters more than tricks. Tom Penny will matter for years to come, regardless of his random and subpar output. He influenced an entire generation, creating a mystique around himself that no amount of flip-in-flip-out shit will ever undo. Everyone who skates knows Tom Penny’s name, regardless of when they started. Anyone with that much influence in organized sports had to put in years of heavily documented work. Tom Penny did it with a couple minutes of footage 20+ years ago.

15. For a sport to truly thrive, competition needs to exist. Competition in skateboarding tends to be anything but that. If there’s a moment where a person’s competitive nature seeps out in skateboarding, they’ll either be ridiculed by their fellow peers or realize they’re kooking it. No skateboarder to this day was sympathetic towards Nyjah’s needs when he was found crying after a loss and no skateboarder ever will be.

16. The biggest names in skateboarding aren’t untouchable. You can run into them at spots, parks, etc. We can’t tell you how many pros we’ve run into at random spots and you can skate the same spots as the pros. Pretty sure it’s tough to play baseball at Wrigley Field if you’re not a Cub or their opponent.

17. You can start your own shit. A company, shop, contest, whatever – you can start it and literally become a legit part of the industry. Yeah, you. Not so much the case elsewhere.

18. There is no “season”. Skateboarding happens when it happens.

19. Think of the tools you’d use if you decided to play a traditional, let’s say non-motorized sport – a ball, stick, bat, gloves, skates, etc. Are any of these particularly difficult to utilize? Is it tough to swing a bat or throw a ball? You probably figured that part out pretty quick – maybe you weren’t great at it, but you could still do it. The most basic elements of skateboarding are incredibly difficult to learn. Have you ever tried to teach someone who’s never stood on a board how to skate? You really realize how much time and effort it takes just to get the part where you push, ride and turn down. And you will fall, a lot, just getting to the point where you can start learning tricks.

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Will skate coaches become a reality? Maybe… Artwork By: Mike Chen

20. Careers are measured entirely differently. If you haven’t earned legend status, you can’t coast. Board companies decide who’s pro for how long, and guess what? You can start your own company (see reason 17) and keep yourself pro as fuck if no one else will. And no one can argue with you. MLB decides who’s professional and who isn’t, as does every other “sport”. In skateboarding, you can be a non-participatory recluse and still maintain your status.

21. There is no governing body. Skateboarding is everyone at once. It’s decided entirely through the democracy of individual opinion. No company decided that benihanas weren’t cool anymore, body varials are “in” or street grabs are “out” – that’s us. We made and make those calls.

22. We see literally everything in terms of skateboarding and potentially skateability. Every shoe, bench, curb cut, set of stairs, bank, hill, roof, etc. This creative outlook keeps it from not only being, but feeling like a sport.

23. Skateboarding started as a means of having fun. No one ever picked up a skateboard and thought of immediately challenging another individual as a means of competing.

24. Anyone can do an NBD. They happen every day. Skateboarding progresses and is only limited by gravity. You can break your high school record for most points in a basketball game, but it doesn’t count in the NBA. You do an NBD, it counts and is recognized in the whole of skateboarding.

25. Skateboarding is international with no ties to any one country. There are homebases everywhere, with whole countries maintaining self-sufficiency and importance to the whole. Union Skateboards in Russia can affect SoCal skating as much as vice-versa.

26. Skateboarding can’t keep up with itself. With most “sports”, there are games, matches and other competitions as the sole measure of what is able to legitimately happen. Legitimate skateboarding happens every second of every day. Our tricks by ourselves drunk at 3AM on a curb can matter just as much as Nyjah’s contest runs, depending on what they are, what we do with them and can have an effect on anyone else.

27. We get to use our imagination to dream up tricks. Our imagination. We get to muse about different ways to make a skateboard do things and then try to make it happen. Imagination – sorely lacking in traditional sports.

28. There are no positions. The closest we come is labeling someone a “street” skater versus maybe “vert”, “park”, etc., and that terminology is going away pretty quick. Skateboarding is only getting better rounded. Ex. Ishod, Cory Kennedy, etc…

29. There are no uniforms.

30. We don’t “play” skateboarding.

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Does correlation equal causation? Is skateboarding not a sport because it doesn’t correlate with the majority of the common factors?

The above list isn’t any type of definitive answer and is certainly incomplete, but through this process we learned that if skateboarding can technically be construed to be a “sport”, that’s barely scratching the surface of what it really is, from only one of countless angles. It’s the equivalent of calling Blink 182 a punk band – if you reeeeally stretch the definition until it’s on the verge of snapping, you might be able to come up with semi-valid points if you’re willing to discard the abundance of reasoning to the contrary.

We don’t buy that skateboarding is inherently an art or a lifestyle or a culture by definition, because anything can be any of those if approached and respected as such, and skateboarding can definitely not be those things – although it usually is. We do know that skateboarding is the freedom to take a piece of wood with wheels anywhere and do anything with it and it fucking counts. Good luck applying a scoring system to that.

For our part… well, we happen to respect skateboarding and all its history and facets too much to undermine them by relegating it to dumbed-down terminology like “sport”. Just try to remember how much shit skateboarding has and will go through before you belittle it into a box.

Comments

  1. Tom Hoffman

    July 18, 2016 4:13pm

    I’m in heavy procrastination mode on a resume/cover letter, so I’ll contribute a few thoughts. The obvious comparison here would be to ask “Is ice skating a sport?” Or “Is skiing a sport?” And in particular, are those activities always sports? Are they one sport or multiple sports, including just components of other sports (e.g., ice hockey)?

    Similarly, is ice dancing a sport? An artform?

    Ultimately, dancing in general is probably the best comparison. It is an artform at the highest level, but is 99% of the dancing done in the world “art?” Is dancing a sport? Does it become a sport when done competitively?

    Why is ice dancing in the Olympics, but dancing on a solid surface not?

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    • fuckin' mike.

      July 18, 2016 10:01pm

      b/c the olympics are fucking jacked up idiot rivalry “my dick is bigger than yours” bullshit.

      there is no rhyme or reason to that shit.

      the format is already played out in skateboarding anyway. scoring runs at Tampa for decades now… street league… what the fuck ever. it’s all a bunch of bullshit.

      skateboarding does have some stupid shit head jock culture in it’s roots, and even now, and people will always be like that, but in equal measure, people in skateboarding will also be afforded the ability to say FUCK THAT NOISE, and carry on skating anyway.

    • Brady

      July 19, 2016 11:53am

      It’s about style.

      In Ice skating there is a certain perfect way you are supposed to rotate and land.

      In skating if someone does the sketchiest 50-50 on a fat wall then everyone gets hyped more than the perfect 50-50 on a normal quarter.

      Dancing is the best comparison, though I would say breakdancing specifically. It’s all about individual style.

    • Magnum

      August 5, 2016 2:58am

      Perfect.
      Big jumps on skiis … aerials. Etc ..
      4 things allowed are big ramp, skate, slope style, & half-pipe. These all have scoring values. Good day sir.

  2. Mayor Grimble

    July 18, 2016 9:49pm

    Freaking awesome article. It seems like competition has always been prevalent in skateboarding, which would seem to imply that there has always been a “sport” element to skateboarding. And that argument could certainly be bolstered by examining the definition of the word “sport” to the emergence of Street League and KOTR in the public sphere. The main difference in my mind is that skateboarding, even when put under the scrutiny of a scoring system, is judged way more subjectively than any other sport. If skateboarding were judged like ice skating, then a dude like Luan Olivera would be unstoppable because of his precision with every trick. Instead, you can score just as high for doing something super gnarly or with good style than you can for something technical, and that’s the beauty of skateboarding.

    The other difference that stands out to me is the prevalence of drug use. With the exception of the chaw-spitting hippos in the MLB, there isn’t another sport out there where regular and unencumbered drug use is not only accepted, but in a lot of cases encouraged. If skateboarding moves any closer to being an Olympic sport, I’d sure as hell love to see the look on people’s faces when the IOC flops their giant list of banned substances on their desk.

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  3. Yogibare

    July 19, 2016 11:37am

    I think most core skaters in the First World (USA, UK, Western Europe, Aus etc.) will agree that skateboarding should not be in the Olympics. And on principle I agree.

    BUT…
    For those of us who live, work and skate in Africa, Eastern Europe, parts of South East Asia etc, skateboarding’s inclusion into the Olympics will likely unlock a certain degree of funding from both government and private sponsors which gets converted into new parks, contests etc, as this forms part of the provision of sports being allocated Olympic status (under the auspice of “growing and developing the ‘sport'”) [I’m willing to be corrected if I’ve misread the details].

    To preserve the integrity (which is such a fluid concept) of our lifestyle, don’t include. But if we want to try grow it worldwide outside the traditional spaces in which it’s seen, then we may need to experiment with Olympic inclusion.

    I choose growth.

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    • Mayor Grimble

      July 19, 2016 4:40pm

      Yeah it’s a prickly pear of an issue, that’s for sure. Although I like the idea of using “I’m training for the Olympics” with a security guard or cop the next time they try to kick me out.

    • Moritz Schönberg

      July 22, 2016 6:04am

      But is it that kind of skateboarding you want to see? Look what happened to freeskiing and snowboarding in exactly those countries. China is currently “training” and pushing kids in freestyle skiing taking the aspect of free completely out of it. It is all about that “spin to win” shit today and it’s sad to see. I really don’t want that happening to skateboarding.

    • João Alves

      August 3, 2016 11:43pm

      Well said. As a Brazilian, I think your point makes a lot of sense.

    • Kristine

      September 26, 2017 4:23am

      But in all reality …we can’t just CHOOSE growth. It kinda makes me cringe the thought of skateboarding becoming as mainstream as say , baseball. We are a small tightknit community of hardcore crazy ass people who are obsessed with the freedom of the ruleless world of skateboarding, many of us street kids. Most of us are punks who love thrashing to punk music and most of the good skaters would tell the Olympics to shove their rules up their asses. We are outlaws but we are good people , some of the most intelligent and kind people you’ll ever meet in your life. Skateboarding can’t be mainstream ….because the real sk8 world won’t allow it …and its like cutting hair or playing the piano …just because you can learn how to do it by taking a class or reading a book doesn’t mean you’re meant to or should be doing it. Skateboarding is a lifestyle that can’t be duplicated. The big wigs with all the money can try all they want , but they will never make skateboarding cool, especially at the fucking Olympics dude… Half the skaters would show up smoking and drinking beer !!haha sk8 or die

  4. David Lober

    July 19, 2016 12:12pm

    The author of this article showed his ignorance and limited scope of what he thinks “skateboarding” is. Have you ever heard of slalom, downhill, or freestyle skateboarding? Those types of skateboarding are the exact types that could and should be in the Olympics, they’re measurable and easy to define the parameters of the competitions.
    Just because you don’t do those types of skating doesn’t mean they don’t exist, open your ears, eyes, and maybe a history book before you condemn things. Those disciplines of skateboarding existed for years, even decades, before someone waxed a curb or ollied onto a handrail.

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    • Willie

      July 20, 2016 2:53am

      You’re right, those types of easily quantified forms of skating could be in the Olympics. Those disciplines plus maybe barrel jumping are the only forms of skateboarding that should be in the Olympics. Haven’t heard a peep about any of those things actually being proposed for the Olympics.

      So let’s assume that what the Skate Federation is pushing for inclusion is the more general “skateboarding” that you’ve seen in Thrasher for the last 3 decades and I think most of the author’s statements are valid.

  5. sex athlete

    July 19, 2016 6:39pm

    If you’re saying skateboarding is not a sport then the same argument can be applied to figure skating or gymnastics.

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    • Radnar Wolfbane

      August 4, 2016 1:01am

      Not really. Every figure skating ice rink is exactly the same. Exactly. The same.
      Flat ice surrounded by barriers.
      Likewise, gymnastics is carefully and meticulously organized so as to have as few variables as possible. The balance beam is pretty much the same in every gym in the world.
      I’m not ragging on figure skating or gymnastics. That shit is obviously super hard, takes a lot of training, coaching, and repetition, and I give a lot of respect to those people.
      Through that lens, it’s practically insulting and laughable to call skateboarding a sport, because there’s so much more damn freedom for skaters. Me and my friends were out smoking L’s and bogies between/during sessions. We didn’t have to sit in a gym with some middle aged lady/dude yelling orders at us for hours every day, then carefully work our hammies for maximal pop efficiency. That stuff perhaps would have made us better skateboarders, but fuck that. Skateboarding means the freedom to suck! And even the kids who sucked had tricks that the “best” skaters couldn’t do. And then later we discovered style!

      In any case, it seems that skateboarding will be in the 2020 olympics.
      I probably get more joy watching videos of Leo Valls doing weird revert combinations than I will out of seeing olympic skathletes do their carefully constructed runs.
      But whatever. I’m sure a lot of people are poised to make a ton of money out of this move. Check out the Jenkem article on China, for instance. Olympic status = new markets = companies making bank. I’m sure certain skaters will benefit too.
      http://www.jenkemmag.com/home/2016/06/02/the-business-of-growing-skateboarding-in-china/

  6. Gregg Wietstock

    July 20, 2016 3:21am

    I think I rode a “skateboard” for the first time in 1968 or so. Kids were smashing down the toe-holds on the steel, adjustable, clamp-on-the-shoe, roller skates, taking them apart and nailing them to the bottom of a piece of wood and standing on them and riding down hills. The kids that started it called it “sidewalk surfing”. The toy companies caught on and manufactured the first “skateboards” and the activity became known as skateboarding. The equipment, thank God, has evolved with the “sport”. I’ve never heard of Tom Penny until reading this post. But, I assume he is behind those crappy little nostalgic board that kids are wasting their money on. Yeah, I rode a board like that in 1975, and it was the shiz back then, but a piece of worthless crap by today’s standards. I used the word sport the way skateboarding, as a sport, should be used. Sport as athletic activity, because a skateboarder is an athlete, he or she must be to do it at all. A sport as, organized sports, NO! I agree with most of the 30 reasons. The Olympics and others who try to capitalize on publicizing skateboarding are sure to produce a watered down, sterile version of the “sport”. Those who only know what is shown them by these profiteers will not know much about skateboarding. I love the depth and weight of skateboarding, the passion, comraderie, determination, and the “most important thing in the world” attitude of skaters. You just can’t score that shit!

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  7. jorge san miguel

    July 20, 2016 5:10am

    Im 40 years old
    I use to participate in contest
    I use to work in the skateboarding industry
    Now i just skate for fun
    And i can tell im having more fun than ever before in my life

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  8. Ripped Faces

    July 20, 2016 9:40am

    Essentially a skateboard is just a mode of transport, a plank of wood with wheels that gets someone from A to B. Is walking a sport? running, driving or riding a bike? No, but they are if you decide you want to make a sport out of them.
    Skateboarding is whatever you want it to be. I don’t watch street league or care about contests but if some people do then let them. I’m tired of the hypocrisy of skaters saying skating is about doing what you want and then telling people they can’t do it a certain way.
    Coming up with a list of what skateboarding is or isn’t as a defence against rules being added to skateboarding, that seems a bit backwards to me.

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  9. Z

    July 20, 2016 10:30am

    Re: ‘scoring’ tricks, the absurdity of this was highlighted back in the dark days of the early 80s at an ESA (English Skateboard Association) vert comp by Zorlac legend Mark Abrook. Points were assigned to particular tricks so Mark, having frontside rocks totally dialled, just did mega-runs of consecutive F/S rocks and strolled to 1st place…

    (Hat-tip to my homie Tommy-d for witnessing and recounting this tale to me)

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  10. durka

    July 21, 2016 2:42pm

    “There is no set standard to the status of “professional” in skateboarding. It’s determined by and large democratically by board sponsors [capitalist corporations]”.

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  11. Richard

    July 22, 2016 10:09am

    It’s interesting that sites/magazines who seem to be firmly against skateboarding being in the Olympics based on the grounds that it is not a ‘sport’ are still happy to cover other skateboard competitions. Provided that the Olympic event is run by skaters I fail to see how the two are different. The benefit however would be a massive investment in skateparks along with states paying pro-skater’s salaries if they want to train full-time.

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  12. Canucklehead

    July 22, 2016 6:04pm

    Just make it a game of SKATE. its the great equalizer. Even a half baked 14yo can give a letter to an established pro with some whack trick no one has ever thought of.

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  13. Caloy

    July 23, 2016 3:32am

    Why skaters categorizes themselves athletes, why are there records of longest gap ollies, highest ollies, highest air on mega ramps etc & why are there so many contests you could “play” or “game” associated with it? I’m with RIPPED FACES on this “I’m tired of the hypocrisy of skaters saying skating is about doing what you want and then telling people they can’t do it a certain way.”

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  14. Justis Walton

    July 29, 2016 5:58pm

    I play with toys

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  15. Skateboarding is a sport

    August 3, 2016 8:55pm

    Hahahahaha. Come back and write when you know more about our SPORT, you sad fucking excuse for a journalist.

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  16. Nate Sherwood

    August 3, 2016 10:14pm

    Hands down the best article ever wrote. in the history of mankind . huge props to you sir. and 2 thumbs up. 🙂

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  17. Damian gruseck

    August 3, 2016 11:07pm

    Before skateboarding gets bashed anymore because of its more objectible nature i want to see you people to start to petiton to get other objective olympic events off of the table… Figure skating and gymnastic floor routine are a good start.

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  18. lucidchips

    August 3, 2016 11:36pm

    Whether skateboarding is considered a sport or not is not the upsetting factor in my opinion. Most of the rebuttals to your points surrounding skateboarding as sport mention other sports like ice skating, gymnastics and snowboarding. Those activities probably weren’t “sports” before they were trivialised by the competitive nature of the olympics. I fear the same thing will happen to skateboarding if they create a sport out of it. Skateparks will be full of soccer mums getting serious about skateboarding while completely missing the point. That saddens me.

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  19. Jim

    August 3, 2016 11:48pm

    I started and continue to skateboard because it is an individual and personal expression of how I interpret riding and interacting with the world. The people I have encountered enriched that experience greatly. It is hella fun and exciting. 51 year old skateboarder for life.

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  20. CM

    August 4, 2016 2:42am

    Then wrestling isn’t a sport ether and Yeah Im pretty sure your not the judge to weather or not it is or isn’t

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  21. juy

    August 4, 2016 3:53am

    lets talk about DRUGS in skateboaridng world.

    We do like drugs, and wer keeping using drugs…
    so what about the antiodping?

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  22. Dirty apples

    August 4, 2016 3:31pm

    This whole article makes no sense. The definition is what skateboarding is and can be now. ” it is an activity which an individual exerts themselves, and there is a scoring system in completions, and they are competing against each other” wether we agree of it should be in olympics or not , or wether we agree it’s a sport or not, it technically does fall under the definition of a sport now that there are competitions and scoring. If we didn’t have those in place then I would say NO it’s not a sport. Just my opinion.

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  23. Matt Thom

    August 4, 2016 6:31pm

    But figure skating is 100% pure sport? and what about skiing? You are sir are a dumb ass.

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  24. Old extreme sport athlete

    August 5, 2016 4:26am

    I think the Olympics needs skateboarding more than skateboarding need the Olympics. Who watches any other sport in the winter Olympics except snowboarding ? Who under 30 watches the Olympics ?(Maybe the 100 meters). The thing about Olympics is a competition between nations not people when skating get to the Olympics each country will send a certain amount of competitors but the average skater in the US, Canada, Brazil & Auz could be better the a Olympic athlete from a nation with less skating facility. Then could make the event look like a marketing event (a joke) not a comp of the best skater.

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  25. Anderson

    August 5, 2016 7:01am

    Whatever, man. Skateboarding is now declared an Olympic sport and will be part of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo (by the way, Gravis skate shoes are still sold in Tokyo). So you could go skate for a medal, for fun, or for both.

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  26. Fingerboarder

    August 5, 2016 1:30pm

    After the first 2 points, I completely formed an educated conclusion that the writer, is a full-on retard. Evaluating and scoring would be easy if the judges have in depth knowledge of skateboarding, since style and execution of tricks will be the main scoring factor. Gymnastics/ rhythmic, diving, synchronized swimming, trampoline, and/or weightlifting, are all scored through style points at overall smoothness and impact of the routine, then skateboard can be judged the same as well. Kingina.

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  27. JVB

    August 5, 2016 6:30pm

    All I have to say is; skateboarders who champion Jay Adams & Duane Peters always take this “skateboarding is life” attitude, yet none of them seem to remember that Jay skateboarded when the waves were flat. And Duane was a punk who skated. Surfing has been a competitive sport for a long time, yet there is the soulful, independent surfer that is out there to be at one with nature. To feel, and tame the wild wave (see Laird Hamilton). Rob Machado, Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater… all competitive surfers. Then, look at snowboarding. You have Shaun White (Mr. Competitve) and Jeremy Jones (Mr. Further, Deeper, Higher). It isn’t golf, though I would challenge you to ask any golfer if they aren’t fully invested in improving personally every time they play.
    Golfers think about playing all day, they can’t wait to get out on the links. They plan their trips according to the great courses of the world the same way skateboarders want to hit Burnside, Vans HB, FDR, Love Park, Kettering Skate Plaza et al. So like man personal endeavors, I challenge you; skateboarding is both.

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  28. Etchie

    August 8, 2016 3:09am

    All 30 of these are so sadly flawed, it was depressing to find at the end that this list wasn’t someone’s idea of a joke.

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  29. tomisrad

    August 8, 2016 4:51am

    Skateboarding is art…but then again, so is ice skating. Skateboarding is whatever you want it to be. The skateboarding events will probably longboarding a hill slalom or some shit. Yikes. Fuck it, go PROD!!

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  30. DSR

    August 18, 2016 12:54am

    Who cares?

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  31. SK8 THIS DICK

    September 13, 2016 3:59am

    ever heard of sls? vans competition? There’s a point system! Also, this is the most stereo typical artical I’ve ever seen?

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  32. Someone of average intelligence

    October 8, 2016 4:04pm

    Skateboarding, by definition, is a sport. You failed to mention the “for entertainment” bit when blurting that anything can be considered a sport. If you were walking to the store for example, you are not competing with any team or individual for entertainment. Thus declassifying “any form of physical activity” as a sport.

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  33. Logan

    November 8, 2016 2:58am

    Reason number 13 is nonsense; that’s like saying “football is not a sport because people like to throw the ball around” or “soccer isn’t a sport because people practice technical tricks (rainbows, juggling the ball, etc) and just pass the ball around…

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  34. Ray

    December 17, 2016 12:43pm

    The main issue with most comments i have read is will the olympics ruin skateboarding? Yes skateboarding in the olympics may create a new opinion of the sport and a new generation of skaters with different ideals. But if this effects you as a skateboarder then you are a poser who cares more about your image and what others think. At the end of the day you can still pick up your board and skate like you always have and thats whats important.

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  35. jeff

    January 31, 2017 4:33pm

    really skating is awesome u losers

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  36. Jon

    February 18, 2017 11:55pm

    Half the skaters are scrawny dudes that do silly circus tricks, whether you like it or not nyjah IS an Athlete and would probably be good at other sports. Why do you think he’s so good at skateboarding lol

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    • Jon's comment was so bad it gave me cancer

      February 20, 2017 9:35am

      Scrawny dudes? Silly circus tricks? Those are some ignorant ass generalizations. Anyone who can skate well could probably condition themselves to do any other physical activity. Nyjah is talented, also pretty scrawny too, no need to shit on other skaters. Good to see he has a raging fanboy in you.

    • Kristine

      September 26, 2017 4:48am

      What Jons comment was so bad it gave me cancer said ! Hahaaaa!!! Yep that was super lame to stereotype skateboarders like that ,,,scrawny dudes?? Silly circus tricks ?? Jon is NOT a sk8boarder ! I’m 100% confident in the accuracy of my statement .

  37. Tom

    May 18, 2017 4:10am

    Lmao ok do ur wallies and no complys then bro have fun y’all some fufus if you think skating really not a sport

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  38. Larry Perkins

    October 6, 2017 11:44pm

    Is Larry Perkins gonna be the coach? “PINCH IT P-ROD!!!!”

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