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25 Skateboarders Who Became Famous

Skateboarders are some of the most incredible people on the planet and having skill on a skateboard means you’re already super talented.

So it’s no wonder these skateboarders went on to become famous for other things.

As your number one trusted source for everything skateboarding, GOSKATE put together our list of 25 skateboarders who became famous. Take your pick! You’ll be a fan of these skaters by the end of our list just like us.

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31 Celebrities Who Skateboard

It’s no secret skateboarding’s popularity has skyrocketed over the past 3-5 years, which means more people are enjoying the sport of skateboarding – and that certainly includes celebrities.

In this article we’ll be covering both celebrities who skate and even some skateboarders who’ve become celebrities in their own right.

As your trusted source for everything skateboarding, GOSKATE brings you all the celebrity skateboarders you need to know about. Whether they are 13-year old superstars making Olympic Skateboarding History, or celebrities stunting their skateboarding skills, we got all celebrity skateboarders here in one place for you to check out.

History of Skateboarding: 8 Fascinating Facts — 2021 Edition

If you want to get into skateboarding, you’ll want to know where it’s headed. Skateboarding lessons are fun, but no one wants to get invested in a declining (or illegal! More on that later) hobby.

But to understand skateboarding’s future, we need to look back on its past.

Skateboarding has a rich history. GOSKATE wants to honor all the ups and downs by highlighting some of the key events and people that made it what it is today.

After reading, you’ll come away with more knowledge about things like:

How skateboarding started.The names of a few skateboarding trail-blazers and their contributions.Some common skateboarding tricks, like the famous ollie.

Now, let’s dive in and see how wild this sport’s history was. Because it is a sport, in my humble opinion. Decades of debate regarding this may finally be coming to a close, as you will see by the end of this article.

1. Skateboarding began with California surfers and surf shops.

Surfing was especially popular back in the 1950’s, particularly in California. But the waves weren’t always great, and surfers wanted to stay busy even when the tides were low.

Originally imagined as a way for surfers to keep their skills sharp even on land, the first manufactured skateboards were made by a Los Angeles surf shop. The shop’s owner, Bill Richard, attached sets of skate wheels directly to wooden boards.

That’s right, skateboarding came from surfing.

The popularity of these early skateboards exploded. The way that surfers used them closely resembled actual surfing. Many didn’t even wear shoes, like with actual surfing.

It’s no surprise that early skateboarding was called “sidewalk surfing”, huh?

2. How polyurethane kicked off a new era of skateboard tricks.

Skateboard wheels evolved from clay and metal to synthetic materials.

Though skateboarding was wildly popular in the 50’s and 60’s, it had a serious problem: its metal or clay wheels broke easily, endangering the mostly-barefoot original skateboarders.

Thankfully, the development of polyurethane for the wheels allowed better maneuverability and speed. This new material was also much more durable and greatly reduced accidents caused by broken wheels.

The inclusion of the kicktail, the raised back part of the board, then allowed a new generation of skateboarders to develop entirely new techniques.

The surging popularity of the new and improved skateboards encouraged young people all over the country to push their tricks to the limit.

3. The origins of the ollie, the key to all skateboarding tricks.

Of all the tricks created since the sport was born, it was the ollie that really revolutionized skateboarding.

Alan “Ollie” Gelfand invented the ollie in 1978 when he practiced no-handed aerials in bowls and pools in Hollywood’s skate park, Skateboard USA. Scott Goodman, another Hollywood skateboarder, witnessed Gelfand’s aerial maneuvers and gave him his nickname.

Gelfand loved skateboarding and took every opportunity to show it.

We can list only a few of his greatest contributions below:

Helped found the Bones Brigade skateboarding team. Many famous skateboarders would join throughout the years, including the legendary Tony Hawk.Helped transform vert, freestyle, and street skateboarding using his signature technique.Built a near-perfect skating bowl called Olliewood in Hollywood, California.

Now there’s a man who loves skateboarding! Gelfand was also a master of many other skateboarding tricks. With enough practice, you can be one, too. Check out GOSKATE’s article on five easy tricks you can start working on today.

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Everything You Need to Know About Olympic Skateboarding

Our favorite sport is about to be shared with the World.

Skateboarding is set to make its Olympic debut, making history before our very eyes.  Now is the perfect time to learn Everything You Need to Know About Olympic Skateboarding.  We can all enjoy this moment together.

As athletes from around the World prepare to represent their country, we reflect on the long and sometimes controversial road skateboarding took to get to the Olympics.

The Olympic Games were postponed and nearly cancelled due to the pandemic.  Even so, with the widest network of certified skateboarding instructors, GOSKATE wants to share with you all bout the Olympics.

You will learn in this article:

when is the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics,how Skateboarding became an Olympic Sport,how the contest format will be,which countries and skateboarders will be competing to make the podium.

Together, we can witness history in the making.

When are the 2021 Summer Olympic Games?

We all know The Olympics were supposed to happen in 2020, but the pandemic had other plans.

After being postponed a year, as of today, the opening day for The Olympic games is Friday, July 23rd, 2021.  Skateboarding Games start July 25th at 9 AM.

Tokyo 2021 Olympics Skateboarding Schedule

Sunday, July 25th 9:00 – 1:55 PM

Men’s Street Preliminary HeatsMen’s Street FinalMen’s Street Victory Ceremony

Monday, July 26th 9:00 – 1:55 PM

Women’s Street Preliminary HeatsWomen’s Street FinalWomen’s Street Victory Ceremony

Wednesday, Aug. 4th 9:00 – 1:40 PM

Women’s Park Preliminary HeatsWomen’s Park FinalWomen’s Park Victory Ceremony

Thursday, Aug. 5th 9:00 AM – 1:40 PM

Men’s Park Prelims HeatsMen’s Park FinalMen’s Park Victory Ceremony

Complete Schedule of all games (including non-skate)

While normally, the Olympic Games are longer in many facets, this year the games will be shorter than normal, ending Sunday, August 8th, 2021.

How to Watch Skateboarding at The Olympics?

NBC will be the exclusive Olympics broadcaster in the U.S.  The network plans over 7,000 hours of Olympics coverage over the Games’ two weeks.

Tune in daily to your local NBC station, NBC Sports, or NBCOlympics.com starting at 6:55 a.m. ET/3:55 a.m. PT to see the ceremony.

How to Watch for Free Online on a Computer?

NBCUniversal exclusive rights extend to the internet.  NBC  owns the streaming platform Peacock. Peacock will be the exclusive online platform for ht Olympics.

Most Olympic programming will be broadcasted on Peacock’s free subscription tier, including the skateboarding competitions.

How To Watch on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV or Android TV?

You can connect to the official Olympic Channel app for free.

According to Olympics.com, “The official Olympic Channel app is available on connected TV devices for Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and the Roku platform (as well as apps for mobile and tablets)… for free and without subscription.”

How Skateboarding Became an Olympic Sport

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously to induct skateboarding into the Olympic Games on August 3rd, 2016.

You might be wondering why it took so long to get there in the first place?  After all, Tony Hawk made skateboarding a household topic in 1999?

Many skateboarders resisted skateboarding’s classification as a sport.

The IOC finally recognized skateboardings ability ‘to inspire youth to discover tomorrow’.  The commitee decidedly voted to induct the sport of skateboarding alongside the sports of Softball, Baseball, Karate, Surfing, and Competitive Climbing.

“This is not only a great opportunity for our sport and the skaters, but also for the Games,” said Tony Hawk, when asked about skateboarding finally being inducted into the Olympics.

“It is the biggest sporting event of the world and a unique platform to present our performances, passion, and culture to the world,” said Brazil’s Leticia Bufoni.  Leticia is one of the leading candidates to bring home Olympic Gold for Women’s Street Skateboarding this year.

While there have been skateboarding contests since skateboarding’s conception, none have ever been as widely covered and international as The Olympics.

While some of the formattings might look familiar, it differs in certain unique aspects.

Contest Formatting

Olympic Skateboarding in Tokyo will feature two skate disciplines:

Street (Women’s and Men’s)Park (Women’s and Men’s)

Each of the contests will have a warm-up period.  Athletes under the age of 18 will be mandated to wear helmets.

Park (Men/Women) Competition:

The park competition will take place on ramps.

A hollowed-out course will feature a potent mix of dome-shaped bowls.  The park requires immense heights to achieve any climbing of the curves or subsequent airs.

Great speed and performativity will be required to land a run worthy of a medal.

Street (Men/Women) Competition:

The street-like course will feature stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls, and slopes.  Skateboarders will be able to perform a range of skills and tricks in this section.

Judges will score the skaters based on: the degree of difficulty of the tricks, height, speed, originality, execution and the composition of moves in order to award an overall score.

These are amazing skateboard parks.  We are happy to report they are intended to remain for local use after the Olympics.

What Countries Will Perform in the Skateboard Competition?

Olympic qualifying is still underway. But we do know several countries who are qualifying Olympic Skateboarders with 205 countries participating in that process.

As of June 15th, 2021, 185 countries have qualified for the Olympic Games in total, including 10 Refugee Olympic Athletes and one Independent Olympic Athlete. But so far on the list of official skateboarding representatives  are:

USA, (12)
Puerto Rico, (2)
Japan, (10)
Brazil, (12)
Australia, (5)
Sweden, (1)
Italy, (3)
France, (5)
Spain, (3)
Germany, (2)
Canada, (3)
Netherlands, (3)
Denmark, (1)
China, (2)
Finland, (1)
Poland, (1)
Belgium, (2)
Austria, (1)
Great Britain, (2)
Portugal, (1)
South Africa, (4)
Columbia, (1)
Peru, (1)
Chile, (1)
Philippines, (1)

With 25 participating countries, skateboarding has proven itself worthy of the Olympic stage.

Brazil and the United States are tied with the most Olympian skaters at 12 each, with Japan close behind at 10 and Australia and France with 5.

Who Will Be Skating in the Olympics?

2021 Men’s Street Skateboarding Competitors

Nyjah Huston (USA)Yuto Horigome (Japan)Sora Shirai (Japan)Kelvin Hoefler (Brazil)Gustavo Ribeiro (Portugal)Aurelien Giraud (France)Jake Llardi (USA)Jagger Eaton (USA)Vincent Milou (France)Matt Berger (Canada)
Manny Santiago (Puerto Rico)Shane O’Neill (Australia)Angelo Caro Narvaez (Peru)Felipe Gustavo (Brazil)Yukito Aoki (Japan)Giovanni Vianna (Brazil)Micky Papa (Canada)Axel Cruysberghs (Belgium)Luis Jhancarlos Gonzales Ortiz (Columbia)Brandon Valjalo (South Africa)
Click on a skater to see their Instagram [in a new window]

While Nyjah Huston (USA) and Yuto Horigome (Japan), are favored to win Olympic Gold, any one of these skaters could take their spot on the podium. Skateboarders like Shane O’Neill (AUS), Jagger Eaton (USA), or Manny Santiago (Puerto Rico) have all won Gold Medals in the past, while wildcards like Micky Papa (Canada) and Aurelien Giraud (France), could easily have an incredible, medal-worthy contest.

2021 Women’s Street Competitors

Pamela Rosa (Brazil)Rayssa Leal (Brazil)Aori Nishimura (Japan)Leticia Bufoni (Brazil)Momiji Nishiya (Japan)Mariah Duran (USA)Roos Zwetsloot (Netherlands)Candy Jacobs (Netherlands)Hayley Wilson (Australia)Funa Nakayama (Japan)
Alexis Sablone (USA)Keet Oldenbeuving (Netherlands)Margielyn Arda Didal (Philippines)Alana Smith (USA)Wenhui Zeng (China)Lore Bruggeman (Belgium)Julia Brueckler (Austria)Charlotte Hym (France)Asia Lanzi (Italy)Boipelo Awuah (Russia)
Click on a skater to see their Instagram [in a new window]

If you’ve ever watched women’s skate contests, you know they are some of the highest caliber competitions in skating. The Brazilian phenoms that have since become household names like Leticia Bufoni, Rayssa Leal, and Pamela Rosa, are always going to be at the top of the bracket. But fan favorites Alexis Sablone (USA) and Margielyn Arda Didal (PHL) are expected to do well.

There will be a host of newcomer women skaters making their debut this Summer as well. Be sure to tune in for what is sure to be an invigorating and inspiring Olympic Games.

2021 Men’s Park Skateboarders

Heimana Reynolds (USA)Cory Juneau (USA)Luiz Francisco (Brazil)Pedro Barros (Brazil)Zion Wright (USA)Keegan Palmer (Australia)Oskar Rozenberg (Sweden)Pedro Quintas (Brazil)Ivan Federico (Italy)Steven Pineiro (Puerto Rico)
Alessandro Mazzara (Italy)Vincent Matheron (France)Jaime Mateu (Spain)Kieran Woolley (Australia)Ayumu Hirano (Japan)Tyler Edtmayer (Germany)Danny Leon (Spain)Andy Anderson (Canada)Rune Glifberg (Denmark)Dallas Oberholtzer (South Africa)
Click on a skater to see their Instagram [in a new window]

Men’s Park is always one of the most unpredictable contest series for any venue; The Olympics will certainly not be any different.

With so many power skaters like Zion Wright (USA), Pedro Barros (Brazil) and transition innovators like Oskar Rozenberg (Sweden) competing alongside legends like Rune Gliffberg (Denmark) the podium is really anybody’s for the taking.

2021 Women’s Park Skaters

Misugu Okamoto (Japan)
Sakura Yosozumi (Japan)
Sky Brown (Great Britain)
Poppy Starr Olsen (Australia)
Lizzie Armanto (Finland)
Kokona Hiraki (Japan)
Bryce Wettstein (USA)
Dora Varella Brazil (Brazil)
Isadora Rodrigues Pacheco (Brazil)
Brighton Zeuner (USA)

Jordyn Barratt (USA)
Yndiara Asp (Brazil)
Julia Benedetti (Spain)
Lilly Stoephasius (Germany)
Xin Zhang (China)
Madeleine Larcheron (France)
Amelia Brodka (Poland)
Josefina Tapia Varas (Chile)
Bombette Martin (Great Britain)
Melissa Williams (South Africa)

Click on a skater to see their Instagram [in a new window]

When it comes to Women’s Park, there might not be a more competitive contest in all of the Olympic Games. With Olympians as young as 11-years old, the very contest itself makes history with some of the youngest contestants in all of the Olympics.

It’s nearly impossible to anticipate who might be on the Podium. From Finland’s Lizzie Armanto to China’s Xin Zhang, this will be a contest watched by the entire world.

Don’t miss out!

Your Child Could Be An Olympic Skateboarder

11 Year-old Olympian, Sky Brown

In all aspects of life, nothing truly great is ever achieved alone. At GOSKATE, we’ve been teaching and training young people to achieve their skateboarding dreams for over 12 years.

Since 2009, GOSKATE has completed over 20,000 lessons with over 8,000 students in 3 countries, and with skateboarders as young as 11-years old competing in the Summer 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.   

Your child could be well also on his or her way to achieving their Olympic dreams.

While most of the Olympic Skateboarders are in their twenties, skaters like Sky Brown qualified for the Olympics at just 11-years old.

She quickly has become a viral-household sensation as one of the youngest Olympic Athletes ever to compete in the games.

If you ever wondered, Should I Let a Young Girl Skateboard? You can check out our article or gain inspiration from Sky.

Sky began receiving lessons from trusted local skate instructors at the age of 4, and is now inspiring young girls around the world to step on a skateboard for the first time.

These types of stories are why we started GOSKATE in the first place.

11 year-old Olympian, Sky Brown and her journey to make Olympic history

Cultural Controversy – Should Skateboarding be in The Olympics?

It might surprise readers to discover that skateboarding’s induction into the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics was met with austere controversy from the skateboarding community.

Opposition to Skateboarding Joining The Olympic Games

In fact, a large portion of skateboarding’s prominent media outlets will regularly express their discontent with the Olympic Games. However, this particular sect of skateboarders generally do not support skate contests in general.

It is the Olympics skeptics’ belief, “No one can ‘win’ at skateboarding.”  There has been an ongoing debate of whether skateboarding in The Olympics should be celebrated.

Tony Alva, one of the most popular names in skateboarding, said this about Olympic Skateboarding in 2016: “I’ve always said the Olympics need us a lot more than we need them.”

Is Skateboarding a Sport or an Art?

Alva also says, “Skateboarding as a creative art form needs to disassociate with political corruption and a greedy IOC association.

Generally, Pro skaters echo a sentiment that reaches somewhere in the middle like Tony Ferguson, Professional Skateboarder says: “[Olympic Skateboarding] will give skateboarding more exposure on a global level, and I believe it will help the skateboard industry in general.”

Ferguson also stated, “There has been so much backlash and hating, personally I’m not into it, but I don’t think it will hurt skateboarding…”

Support For Olympic Skateboarding

In contrast, prominent Pro Skaters like Sean Malto had this to say: “I always thought it was funny when people would say skateboarding in the Olympics would ruin skateboarding. I’m like, really?

You’re going to let skating being in the Olympics ruin it?

I thought we all got into skating because we loved skateboarding. I’m just trying to skate and have fun whatever setting I am in.”

Now that you have learned Everything You Need to Know about Olympic Skateboarding, you’re all set to tune into history in the making!

Contact us to help foster you or your loved one’s new found passion for skateboarding with our GOSKATE classes!
As always, we invite you to stay connected with GOSKATE by following us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest skateboard news and tricktips.
If you sign up for our skate lessons, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch you if you fall.
Help you or your loved one gain self confidence and maintain an active healthy lifestyle by contacting GOSKATE.

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Free Skateboard Size Calculator

Picking your first skateboard is very exciting but it can sometimes be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re life long skaters here at GOSKATE. Our Skateboard size calculator is exactly what you’ll need to get the perfect board to get you rolling, (literally).

Whether you’re learning how to skate as an adult, or wondering if you should let your daughter skateboard, you might be asking if skateboard sizes are really important?

Yes, an oversized or undersized skateboard will not only triple the amount of time it takes to learn skateboarding but increase your chances of injury.

Skateboarding is a thrill, a  lifestyle, and an athletic activity.  And while skateboarding has gained in popularity over the past couple of years with many people riding a skateboard for the first time – it comes as no surprise many people are riding skateboards that are inadequate or the wrong size.

Step: 1
Find the Appropriate Equipment Size For Your Age

Kids, ages 4-7, should ride a skateboard deck (the wooden board) between 6.75″ and 7.25”. Kids this young are also encouraged to ride “mini” decks as you will see below the different options.

Kids, ages 8-13, should purchase a skateboard deck between 7.25″ – 7.5″ or even 7.75”. Shoe size will largely determine this as well.

Adults should purchase a skateboard deck 7.75″ or larger, with the average usually landing around 8” – 8.5”. Just remember when in doubt, whatever you’re most comfortable with is always best!

Find out your Exact Size Using Our Size Calculator!

Step 2 – PICK THE BOARD SHAPE

You will need a skateboard that fits your body size and matches your skateboarding ambitions.

Most new skaters start with a regular skateboard. This is also called a “popsicle” board (think the wooden stick inside a popsicle curved at both ends).  A popsicle board allows multiple uses for the board for tricks as well as cruising.

Some skateboarders opting for the hills and roads only will be more suited for a longboard or cruiser type boards not designed to produce flip tricks or ollies.

Other novelty shapes may not be best suited for a beginner and could limit progression or board use.

How Much Should I Pay For a Skateboard?

Skateboards vary in prices and should always be bought at a skateshop when possible. If you’re buying your first skateboard, many skate shops will also be able to help you pick the right size for you. But going in with a few tips will speed up the process and make it more familiar.

A beginner skateboard will generally cost between $80-$150. You can buy a pre-assembled skateboard or ask the skateboard shop to set up a board for you. As a beginner, the last thing you need is backwards trucks or bearings to stifle your learning progress.Don’t be fooled by the low prices of Walmart or Target skateboards. They will snap quickly and are hard to learn on. Go to a real skate shop.

Try our skateboard size calculator

Step 3: Wear Appropriate Footwear

Safe skateboarding starts with proper shoes.  Flat-soled shoes are imperative for board control and balance. Sneakers and athletic type shoes are practical but skateboard shoes from skate shoe brands will work best.

Never attempt to skate in sandals, clogs, boots, or footwear with a separate heel platform.  Improper footwear could result in serious injury.

Step 4: Wear Proper Safety Gear

Beginners must have a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards.  There is no reason to negligently learn skateboarding without pads and learning with pads will teach you how to fall with confidence. Do not risk it as injury is never worth it.

A bicycle helmet is not a substitute as it does not protect the entire head.   Make sure the helmet fits your head properly.  The under-chin strap should be fastened and the helmet should not wiggle.

Wrists must be protected as they are generally the first line of defense.  Wrist guards protect against some of the most common injuries for beginners.

Step 5: Find A Suitable Place to Learn

A level, concrete driveway or empty parking lot is a good place to start getting comfortable on the board. Make sure there isn’t anything in your way and be wary of cracks, loose stones, and potholes. Running over a little pebble can account for a whole lot of crashes, especially with hard wheels.

Avoid getting roughed up on aged, cheese-grater pavement. If you can clearly see small gaps between the pavement rocks, it’s not a good surface for skateboarding. When choosing ground surfaces, polished concrete or even marble will be the friendliest for learning.

Skateparks are great places to skate once you’ve got some experience. If you’re just trying to get the board to stay under you without falling down, parks might be a little intense. If there’s one in your area, go watch some skaters for tips, but stay on the sidelines.

Step 6: Get a Seasoned Skateboarder to Oversee You

The first day can be overwhelming even if you’ve stayed up all night watching every YouTube skateboard video or reading every “how to” article. Learning skateboarding is always safer with expert guidance. With the largest network of professional skateboard instructors, GOSKATE is the number one supplier in skateboard lessons.

Call 800.403.2405  to Have an Expert from GoSkate.com Come Help You.

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Everything You Need to Know about Go Skateboarding Day 2021

Our favorite day of the year is right around the corner.

That’s right! Go Skateboarding Day 2021 is right around the corner. Whether you’re a first timer or a long time skateboarder, here’s Everything you Need to Know About Go Skateboarding Day 2021.

GSD 2021 promises to be one of the most fun and exciting Go Skateboarding Days yet. But how do you know which event is best for you? Which events are safe for kids? Or how Go Skateboarding Day even came to be?

With the widest network of certified skateboarding instructors, we know a thing or two about Go Skate Day. Let’s get to celebrating!

History of Go Skateboarding Day

Go Skateboarding Day was created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) in 2004, to promote events in major cities around the world to help make skateboarding more accessible. Just like us here at GoSkate, the goal has always been to encourage more people to skate for the first time.

As a testament to the holiday, Go Skateboarding Day is sometimes referred to as International Skate Day, as what started in the US has since spanned to every corner of the globe.

That being said, most skate shops will throw an event at your local skatepark to encourage young people to get outside and practice the sport of skateboarding. Historically, making skate shops the perfect place to ask about events for your area’s Go Skateboarding Day.

For everything else, GoSkate has you covered!

When is Go Skate Day?

Save the Date! June 21, 2021

Summer is set to make it’s official equinox debut and with it the longest day of the year. With June 21st being the longest day of the year, Go Skate Day holiday lands cleverly by design.

With Go Skateboarding Day being on the longest day of the year, skaters have more daylight hours to partake in their favorite activity. Skateparks from Los Angeles to Tokyo will be full of kids and young adults from sunrise to sunset, hosting contests, BBQs, free raffles, and overall good times.

That means, pack up the car and hit your local skatepark!

Skateboarding comes in many forms, but arguably Go Skate Day is the largest and most authentic communal gathering. It’s the perfect time to check out your local skatepark to get a glimpse at your local skate scene and the people behind it.

What are Some Go Skateboarding Day Events?

Thousands of skateboarders around the world partake in local events for Go Skateboarding Day. You’ll have a host of skate meetups, contests, and communal gatherings to choose from. Here are some events you can expect to see on Go Skate Day 2021:

Skatepark BBQ: Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? Skate companies and skate shops will provide a BBQ at the local park, food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Live music will often accompany the BBQ.Skatepark Contests: What goes along perfectly with a BBQ? How about skate contests? Often judged by the local skate shop owners, Go Skate Day contests come in various forms and offer local skaters a way to win skate gear like decks, wheels, trucks, and shoes.

High Ollie Contest: Skateboards or sometimes a measuring stick are stacked as skaters are invited to ollie the obstacle. With each ollie the measure grows taller as contestants are weeded out until the skater with the highest ollie is crowned the winner.Best Trick Contest: Best Trick contests are some of the most exciting skateboarding contests in skating. A particular obstacle in the skate park, typically a rail, a stair set or a launch ramp, will be chosen for a ‘free for all’ contest. Those who are the top skaters of their local park will skate the obstacle to see who can do the ‘best trick’ for prizes. Skaters perform progressively harder tricks and build off one another’s momentum and inspiration, making for some of the most exciting contests to witness.
Hippie-Jump Contest: The Hippie Jump contest is one of the more accessible and inclusive activities, as skaters are invited to jump over a stick with a clearing underneath for their board to pass through. While the skaters jump over the stick, their board travels beneath until they are reunited on the other side. Like the high ollie contest, the stick is raised and raised (often on cones, chairs or by people holding it) until the highest hippie jump is crowned. Video & Documentary Premiers: Skateboarding has always been accompanied by videography and documentation and Go Skateboarding Day is no exception. In fact, Go Skateboarding Day is often when local shops or companies will release a video or premier a documentary. Sometimes after the contests, BBQs, raffles, etc; the perfect way to end the day is with a projector against a skate shop wall for a new skate video. Product Tosses: One of the best aspects of Go Skateboarding Day is the free product you can obtain in the form of raffles, prizes and product tosses. Product tosses are a right of passage for young kids to pack together in a crowd and jostle one another for products ‘tossed’ into the crowd. Think of the pro skaters or the company owners standing on the top of the half pipe with 20-30 skaters down in the floor section of the ramp. The pros will toss stickers, boards, wheels, shirts, shoes, you name it and kids absolutely love it.

Street Takeover: In the largest cities around the world, skateboarders will band together to perform a street takeover. It’s as simple as it sounds, hundreds of skateboarders agree on a meet-up spot and skate for several miles in a group taking over the streets.

Go Skate Day Street Takeover

Now that you have learned Everything You Need to Know about Go Skateboarding Day 2021, you’re all set to have an amazing Go Skate Day!

Want to learn more about skateboarding?

Contact us to take you or your loved one’s skating to the next level with our GoSkate classes!

As always, we invite you to stay connected with GoSkate by following us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest skateboard news and tricktips.

If you sign up for our skate lessons, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch you if you fall.

Help you or your loved one gain self confidence and maintain an active healthy lifestyle by contacting GoSkate.

GoSkate.com Partners with Ripple and Ethereum to Pay Instructors

 

The History of GoSkate.com

When GoSkate.com started back in 1996, it was basically an ice skating rink. The founder of GoSkate is a great fanatic of a skateboard, his motor, Eat. Breath. Sleep. Skateboard. In 1996, the ice rink was bought by a skate who gave it a big face lift. When GoSkate was acquired back in 2006 for about 500 dollars, the founder made it skateboarding spot arena.

In 2008, Rob decided it was time to place an ad online by providing skateboarding classes. What began as a side sales job in San Diego California attracted students all the way from Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco. This time, the students were seeking connections to instructors close to them.

As they say, the rest is history after the first class in GoSkate.com. Currently, GoSkate.com has over 500 instructors distributed across the United States and out of the USA as well. This is just to say, GoSkate.com is here to stay.

Ripple and Ethereum

What is cryptocurrency and what is the difference between it and blockchain?

The blockchain is the technology that enables cryptocurrency to exist.  A cryptocurrency is a means of exchange, just like money. It is digital and uses encryption technology that makes it possible to control and create monetary units and to transfer funds.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency are gaining ground and recognition worldwide as a form of payment. Some of the fastest growing cryptocurrencies are Ripple and Ethereum.

Ethereum is much newer and has gained a lot of acceptance. It is now second place after Bitcoin. It is more like a supercomputer with a bigger network for its decentralized developed apps which do not necessitate the need for a third party e.g Apple and Google.

The apps created on Ethereum are distributed in a public platform and miners get to earn their Ether to fuel the network. Joseph Lubin, one of the founders describes it as programmable money unlike the predecessor, Bitcoin

Ripple developed towards the end of 2017 has settled in the third place as at January 2018 after its major competitors, Bitcoin and Ethereum in first and second place. Though it appears as a bitcoin competitor, serves as a centralized transaction network used by banks for money transfers such as SWIFT transfers.

Ripple works by converting money sent into an XRP token and then back to the currency of choice by the receiver. As per the Ripple’s management, XRP offers a faster and reliable alternative to the token.

Why GoSkate.com Has Partnered up Ethereum and Ripple Pay Instructors

With changing payment methods, Goskate.com has partnered with Ethereum and Ripple to pay their instructors.  The following are the reasons we will pay our instructors using Ethereum and Ripple.

  • Nearly Instant Payment

The advantage of using cryptocurrency reduces the need to have third-party approval, reference to external facts. Cryptocurrency contracts can be designed and enforced in such a way that there is no need for third party approval, or be done at a future date.

  • Lower payment process cost

For any cryptocurrency exchange, there is no transaction fee. The miners compensation is usually through the network. Since there is no cryptocurrency transaction fee, the exchange of these currencies there is the likely use of third-party service providers such as Coinbase that create and keep up the currency coins. They act like PayPal and as such they are likely to charge a fee.

  • Automate Payments process

This will make sure that the payments will be easier faster and we can pay in one currency and withdrawn in another currency based on the location of the instructor. This will make sure that the payments will be hustle free and payment processes will be very fast.

  • Lower Administration Cost

Since there is fee is transacting in cryptocurrency is nil or negligible it means lower costs to you as the instructor.  Credit cards processing and back transfers are quite expensive hence the take on of cryptocurrency.

  • Online Safety

You details online are safe. No one can steal your information from merchants and they make sure the greatest privacy of your sensitive data.  You can even create a proxy ID so that no one knows about you.

  • Highly Secured Transactions

Due to the NSA cryptography, all your transactions are secure.  This makes it impossible to know for any other person other than the wallet owner when making payment. Hacking is the only way these transactions will be available to a third party.

Learn More About The Skateboarding History

For those who identify with skateboarding, we know it is more than just cruising around. It is part of our identity. We know that skateboarding is a lifestyle. Skating is one of our first loves and it shall continue to be. Just where does skateboarding come from? The history of skateboarding can be traced as far as the 1950s.

Let us take a look at the skateboarding timeline, shall we?

The 1950s Skateboarding

The first skateboard that was ever made traces its roots to California and Hawaii. It was a shorter version of a surfboard and had metal wheels with no bearings attached to it. In1959, the Roller Derby released the first official skateboard with some technical improvement as compared to the board on wheels. As a result, this board had the ability to do tricks and also execute better maneuvering abilities.

During this decade, the skateboards where purely manufactured by toy companies.

The 1960s

The skateboard becomes more famous in the United States and especially the states on the east and west coast. It was also during this decade that the skateboard changed its status to a sports equipment from a toy equipment.

In 1963, skating reaches its peak and more companies including Patterson Forbes make boards that are well developed especially for the trucks. The same year, the skateboard brands started holding skateboarding competitions.  The first ever skateboard competition was held in Hermosa Beach in California.

In 1964, the first ever skateboard magazine was published. It was called “The Quarterly Skateboarder”. This magazine was only published four times before it stopped publication.

As from 1965, the popularity of the sport seemed to die. Most of the skateboarding manufacturing companies were closing down and the majority of the people who were making the boards especially the wheels which were made of clay and mental gave people less control over the board and very dangerous as well.

As remaining part of this decade, people who remained true to the sport continued to make their own equipment and searching for ways to improve the board.

The 1970s

This was the defining decade for skateboarding. In 1972, Frank Nasworthy made the first ever urethane wheels giving the skateboard a major comeback. This led him to start the company, Cadillac Wheel. These wheels gave the skateboard the grip and durable wheel that allowed for better control and higher speed compared to its predecessors.

In 1975, the most evolutionary event happened towards boosting the sport as we see it today. The first ever slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival in Del Mar, California. During this competition, Zephyr team, commonly known as the Z-Boys, blew the contest away with aggressive, edgier innovative boarding style and this pushed the skateboard into the public eye.

In 1976, the sport reached Germany, courtesy of the American soldiers who brought it to Germany. The first skateboard championship in Germany was held in 1978.

In 1978, the greatest maneuver was also invested by Alan Gelfand, “The Ollie”. This is the greatest trick ever invented and completely changed the world of skateboarding. This led to the introduction of street skateboarding.

Towards the end of this decade, skateboarding hit another snag due to the rising insurance cost due to the dangerous nature of the sport. This created less interest in the sport and as a result, lots of the skateboard parks were closed down.

Those true to the sport continued keeping it real.

Big Ollie on Stairs

Skateboarding Ollie

The 1980s Skateboarding

During this decade, a freestyle skater, Rodney Mullen adapted the Ollie to flatland and other variations involving flipping and spinning the board while with an Ollie.

As from 1981, “Thrasher Magazine” and in 1983 “Transworld Skateboarding Magazine” continued to support the uprising of the skateboard. This coupled with smaller ones and skate shops increased the popularity of the sport as well.

Due to the rising popularity, Stacey Peralta and George Powell created the first ever skateboarding videos- Bones Brigade Video Show-that taught the skated new, never seen before tricks as well as making skaters feel like they are part of a community.

Towards the end of the decade, again, the popularity hit a dive, but those true to the sport continued to practice.

The 1990s

This decade, the popularity of the sport continued along with punk culture.

The first-ever World Cup skateboard is founded in 1994 and it oversees the biggest skateboarding competitions as well as to regulate points from one event to another.

In 1995, the first-ever X Games are held giving the attention skateboarding deserved and these games help bring in money. This generated more interest that helped propel skateboard into popularity and also pushing skaters to newer levels of creativity.

First Winter Games were held in 1997, and skateboarding was classified as ”˜Extreme Sport” which many skaters disagree.

The 2000s to Present

At the beginning of this century, video games such as Tony Hawk Pro Skater became an instant hit and it changed the gaming industry and gave more exposure to skateboarding.

With more money being brought in, more skate parks, better skateboards, and more skateboarding companies have kept innovation at an all-time high.

In 2004, the International Skateboarding Federation is formed and is in charge of the talks with International Olympics Committee about adding the game to Olympics.

The Dew Tour in 2005 gave rival to X Games and other local contests and international ones as well gained popularity. The same year, The Lords of Dogtown movie comes out telling the story of the Zephyr Team

With access to skateboards, better skate parks, equipment you can now learn how to skate under the best instructors at goskate.com