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Skateboarding Olympics 2020 Full Review

For the first time in skateboarding history, skateboarders represented their country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with a chance to win a gold medal.

This moment was over 5 years in the making, with qualifying contest circuits spanning years of training for these athletes. Many of which are teenagers making their Olympic debut and with the contests having no predictable first place favorite.

As The Olympics catapulted our favorite sport onto the highest competitive stage in the world, countries sent their best skateboarders to compete in Tokyo, Japan, as the first Olympic Skateboarders ever. In an event that changed skateboarding and the world of sports, forever.

That is precisely why we crafted this review, so we can go over the Skateboarding 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and learn everything that made this moment so special and the analysis of the aftermath. Some of which echo the polarizing nature of the Olympic Games.

For a complete guide to the skaters who qualified and the countries they represented, you can check out our Everything You Need To Know About the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

What we’ll cover in this article recap:

What was the Skateboarding Tokyo 2020 Olympics competition format?Analysis and Recap of All Four Skateboarding Olympic ContestsWho Were the Stars of the  Skateboarding Tokyo 2020 Olympics?Reactions from the Skateboarding Community

What was the Skateboarding Tokyo 2020 Olympics Competition Format?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics took place at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. A skate park lush with handrails, stair sets, A-frames, manny-pads and other urban style obstacles favorable to street skateboarding. The now infamous skatepark will be left standing for local skaters to enjoy for decades and surely produce some of the best skaters out of Japan.

Countries who were fortunate enough to  represent an Olympian had two contests: Park and Street divided by Women’s and Men’s heats. As we will see later in this article, each contest was fantastic and made not only skateboarding history, but Olympic history.

The two contest formats would bring 8 skaters out of 20 qualifiers into the final medal rounds.

Street competition: The street competition would hold the same scoring and format as Street League Skateboarding – 3 rounds comprising qualifiers, prelims/semi finals and finals with the top 8 skaters advancing to the final medal round.

The high and lowest scores for each run and jam session are dropped, and the remaining three scores are average to two decimal places.

Park competition: The park competition consisted of 3 rounds: Qualifiers, prelims, semi finals and finals. The first 20 skaters from the combined rankings of the heats progressed to the prelims. Then the 20 skaters competed in 4 heats of 5 skaters, with the top 8 skaters from the combined heat rankings progressing to the finals.

The high and lowest scores for each run are dropped, and the remaining three scores are average to two decimal places.

Judging: The IOC, International’s Olympic Committee commissioned 5 judges to score Olympians on a 0-100.00 point scale.  Both of the street and park runs, and each of the 5 street jam session tricks, are judged by the five judges.

As we will see later in this article, there was some confusion and controversy regarding the judging.

Men’s Street Skateboarding

For a complete list of the 20 qualifying skateboarders for Men’s Street competition, check out our comprehensive guide to the Skateboarding 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Here are the list of Olympic skateboarders who qualified for the final medal round and where they placed:

Gold :Yuto Horigome, Japan (37. 18)

Silver: Kelvin Hoefler, Brazil (36.15)

Bronze: Jagger Eaton, USA (35.35)

4th: Vincent Milou, France (34.14)

5th: Angelo Caro Narvaez, Peru (32.87)

6th: Aurélien Giraud, France (34.14)

7th: Nyjah Huston, USA (26.10)

8th: Gustavo Ribeiro, Portugal (15.05)

The Men’s Street competition has always been the crown jewel of any major contest. The Olympics was no exception. That being said, what really made this contest great, was the diversity of the finalists. 6 of the 8 spots were representatives of different countries, with only 2 from USA and France. The heat conditions made the finalists unpredictable and the park obstacles didn’t seem to favor any skater over the other.

While many skaters favored Nyjah Huston to bring home the gold medal, skaters like Angelo Narzaez of Peru made their debut to the skate world. Ultimately, Yuto Horigome of Japan would bring home the gold with his impressive display of technical tricks on the biggest obstacles. The hometown hero held it down!

Women’s Street Skateboarding

For a complete list of the 20 qualifying skateboarders for Women’s Street competition, check out our comprehensive guide to the Skateboarding 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Who Qualified for the final medal round?

Here are the list of Olympic skateboarders who qualified for the final medal round and where they placed:

Gold: Momiji Nishiya, Japan (15.26)

Silver: Rayssa Leal, Brazil (14.64)

Bronze: Funa Nakayama, Japan (14.49)

4th: Alexis Sablone, United States (13.57)

5th: Roos Zwetsloot, Netherlands (11.26)

6th: Zeng Wenhui, China (9.66)

7th: Margielyn Didal, Philippines (7.52)

8th: Aori Nishimura, Japan (6.92)

The Women’s Street contest was arguably the most gnarly contest of them all, with skaters taking heavy slams and grinding down giant handrails. While the scoring produced some controversy, (judging the women on the same physical standard as men) and the announcers seemed to have zero clue what was going on; these amazing women competed in the first ever Olympic women’s street competition with gusto.

Alexis Sablone, the queen of core skateboarding, was by far the most celebrated skater of the group. In her 30s, competing against 13 year olds, the MIT graduate might not have taken a podium spot but she represented the modern skate community. While 2/3 women on the podium were teenagers and nearly all the contestants were under the age of 16, there was nothing childish about the amazing skateboarding. We watched these women prove the future of skateboarding is in good hands.

Men’s Park Skateboarding

For a complete list of the 20 qualifying skateboarders for Men’s Park competition, check out our comprehensive guide to the Skateboarding 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Here are the list of Olympic skateboarders who qualified for the final medal round and where they placed:

Gold: Keegan Palmer, AUS (95.83)

Silver: Pedro Barros, Brazil (86.14)

Bronze: Cory Juneau, USA (84.13)

4th: Luiz Francisco, Brazil (83.14)

5th: Kieran Woolley, AUS (82.04)

6th: Steven Piniero, Puerto Rico (75.17)

7th: Vincent Matheron, France (42.33)

8th: Pedro Quintas (38.47)

Men’s Park skateboarding was dominated by the Australian Keegan Palmer. The young buck scored nearly ten points more than the nearest medal but that doesn’t mean the contest was uncompetitive. Instead, on their last run, some skaters saw their boards fly from under them. But that was understandable as these skaters were competing in 98 degree weather with 80 percent humidity.

You could literally see the sweat drip off their faces and onto their boards. The younger skaters thrived in the unique environment without fans as well, but the summer olympics heatwave wasn’t just from the sun. It was from these amazing Park skateboarders who put everything on the line – flying high and grinding fast.

Women’s Park Skateboarding

For a complete list of the 20 qualifying skateboarders for Women’s Park competition, check out our comprehensive guide to the Skateboarding 2020 Tokyo Oympics.

Here are the list of Olympic skateboarders who qualified for the final medal round and where they placed:

Gold: Sakura Yosozumi, Japan (60.09)

Silver: Kokona Hiraki, Japan (59.04)

Bronze: Sky Brown, United Kingdom (56.47)

4th: Misugu Okamoto, Japan (53.58)

5th: Poppy Starr Olsen, AUS (46.04)

6th: Bryce Wettstein, USA (44.50)

7th: Dora Varella, Brazil (40.42)

8th: Yndiara Asp, Brazil (37.34)

Women’s Park was easily the most competitive contest of the entire skateboarding Olympics. With the top 4 finalists being teenagers, they placed within 7 points of each other. That’s a single run or trick difference. As with the Men’s Park contest, the USA struggled to qualify, with Japan and Brazil representing multiple skaters.

It can be difficult to put into words what these contests actually mean for skateboarding as a whole, but what we do know from these amazing young women, thousands of new skateboarders will be inspired to step on a skateboard for the first time. With so many of these rippers being 13-14-16 year olds, the future of women’s skateboarding is going to be making Olympic headlines for years to come. If this is the first of its kind, imagine how great the skating will be at the 5th or 10th skateboarding Olympics – and will your child be one of them?

Who Were the Stars of the Skateboarding Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

Although skateboarding competitions have been around for decades, the Olympics would prove to be nothing like the X-Games with Tony Hawk. Additionally, unlike many of the newer sports to be added to the Olympics, there would be no American favorite from Team USA.

In fact, the Japanese were favored as they were the Olympians most used to skating in their home country weather. They would go on to win 6 of the 12 medals for Olympic Skateboarding.

The Japanese: The Japanese were really the show of the entire Olympic Games, but this was especially true for skateboarding. Taking home 6 of the available 12 medals, including 3 of the 4 Gold Medals, the Japanese proved why their country is producing some of the best skateboarders in the world. Led by Yuto Horigome and the pair of teenagers for the women’s divisions, Japan will have to defend their medals next Olympics and for years to come.

Sky Brown: By now, you’ve hopefully heard of Sky Brown. The 13-year old phenom became the youngest medalist in the history of the United Kingdom (a country several hundred years old) when she took home Bronze in Women’s Park. She is now an instant celebrity and will inspire thousands of young girls to step on a skateboard. Bravo!

Angelo Caro Narvaez of Peru: While in his home country of Peru, Angelo Caro Narvaez is now a legend, for many, the Olympics was our first time witnessing Angelo skate. And not just skate, but making it to the Men’s Street finals, besting seasoned veterans like Puerto Rico’s Manny Santiago and Canada’s Micky Papa. The dark horse, to use a sports term, put himself on the map and became an instant Olympic favorite.

Teenage Women Skateboarders: Simply put, there was an incredible amount of skateboarders under the age of 16, let alone 18. You could see from the sheer amount of helmets as the IOC required any skater under 18 to wear one. Four out of the 8 women in the street final were 16 or younger. In the park competition as well, Funa Nakayam of Japan was 16, Kokona Hiraki of Japan was 12, and Sky Brown of the United Kingdom is just 13. Oh yeah, 15-year old Misugu Okamoto from Japan and the Brazilian Silver Medalist Rayssa Leal is only 13 as well.

Keegan Palmer: Simply put, the Australian Keegan Palmer ran away with the gold medal. Keegan boasted a score of 95.83., whereas the nearest skater was at 86. Nearly a ten point difference! With high powered 540s, heel flip indy grabs six-seven feet over coping, Keegan put on one of the gnarliest and purest displays of park skateboarding we’ve ever seen.

Reaction from the Skateboarding Community

The reaction from the skateboarding community regarding the Olympic Games was off to a rocky start with its announcement in 2016. It has become more polarizing than any other skateboarding events.

While most of the skateboarding world’s elite skaters are congratulating one another for becoming Olympic athletes capable of representing their countries and winning medals, the ‘core’ counter culture of skateboarding condemned the skateboarding Olympics in a myriad of ways.

While most nay-sayers just turned the skateboarding event into a satire, some went all the way, posting tombstones with graphics dating 1960-2020, saying skateboarding is now dead. However, there were some genuine reactions from the skateboarding community worth mentioning.

For the majority of skateboarding, the Olympics were somewhat underwhelming:

Why do you ask? Considering skateboarding culture has been debating the Olympics for nearly half a decade, for all of the commotion, coverage, and controversy to boil down to a few days was not the grand finale many skaters were anticipating. Furthermore, the contests were very familiar.

The contests resembled a Street League Skateboarding 2.0 contest format for street, and a Vans Park Series 2.0 for Park. This was probably the largest let down for skateboarding culture. The contest was not very unique and seemed like something skateboarding had seen before.

This has spurred some skaters to create a rallying cry for a different contest format more in tune with Olympian feats: Highest ollie contest, longest wheelie, grind or slide. Otherwise the contests will not change and generally feature the same type of skating for the coming decades.

It was also largely believed the announcers were poor in their descriptions and coverage of the skating. (Which is not uncommon in skate contests).

Women’s park and street contests were much more compelling than the men’s:

This is largely due to the reason above; the women’s contests felt much more novel, with a more diverse skateboarder pool of teens, legends and contemporary skaters. We had 13-year olds and 33 year olds in the same contest. And with 13-year old Sky Brown taking Bronze, history was made as the youngest Olympian from Great Britain. There was one tragedy however; the judges were scoring the women off the same criteria as the men. So while the men were receiving 7-8-9s for their scores, the women would receive 2-3-4s. This left a poor taste in the skate community’s mouth.

The harsh weather conditions athletes were competing in:

The last point of emphasis worth noting. With the majority of these skaters training for months (even years) many trained in their home towns or countries. Normally, skateboarders are used to traveling constantly but Covid kept them training in the same conditions. Essentially, the Japanese skaters who were more adept to skating in Japanese weather and time zone, had a crucial advantage. This was true across the Olympics in general with temperatures being in the high 90s with the humidity levels anywhere between 70-89%.

That being said, not a single skater is taking anything away from the Japanese, who against tremendous odds not only hosted the Olympics, but represented them at the highest level on the biggest stage. It is more a response to articles like this one from TIME, suggesting Japan is the best nation of skateboarders.

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Show Your Stuff! Amateur Skateboarding Competitions

Skateboarding competitions have always been the best way to provide skatepark skaters an opportunity to get sponsored by their local skate shop and one day make it to the X Games and The Olympics.

In fact, skateboarders like Tony Hawk were first discovered on the vert ramps of Encinitas, California by skating amateur skateboarding contests. Rodney Mullen, Tony Alva and other pioneering contest skaters were discovered the same way.

Today, while some skaters will go to skate camps like Woodward and contests have spread beyond Los Angeles and Florida, it’s really been skateboarding competitions that have always propelled the amateur skateboarder to become a professional skateboarder.

Now it’s your chance to show your stuff! With our amateur skateboarding competitions guide.

What will we be going over in this article?

What are skateboard competitions?What are the most legendary contests in skateboarding history?How can competitive skateboarding  help prepare your child to be the next skateboarding phenom?A list of competitions locally in the USA and Canada.

What are skateboard competitions?

Skateboarding competitions are great for any skateboarding community, as they bring together local talent and expose skaters to potential sponsors. While there exists several different formats of skateboard competitions, here are the main formats:

Street Skater Course: courses made to mimic street skateboarding obstacles like stair sets, handrails, ledges and obstacles found in urban environments. Vert Ramp: Remember Tony Hawk and his 900? A large bowl shaped ramp with vertical walls where riders wear helmets, elbow pads and knee pads. Park Series: Park series is sometimes referred to transition skateboarding, with a mix of vert walls, launch ramps and fun box obstacles with more variety. Not completely vert with a touch of street.Flat Ground S.K.A.T.E.: If you’ve ever played H.O.R.S.E. then you understand the concept of S.K.A.T.E. Skater A does a kickflip and Skater B has to land said kickflip or they get a letter, S. New tricks are done until SKATE is reached. The Berrics have their infamous Battle At The Berrics annually.

Freestyle competitions are no longer in skateboard contests

Within these content formats, they exist on several different levels to which the aspiring pro skater can take to achieve his or her dream:

Local: Local skateboard contests are generally free to enter and are hosted by your local skate shop. A great way for young skaters to get discovered and become sponsored. Zumiez Best Foot Forward combined the best of both worlds, putting on a local contest series across the US. This is how Red Bull rider Jamie Foy was discovered in Florida. Amateur: Amateur skateboard contests generally are still local, at the state level or run by actual brands with cash prizes. Sponsored skaters are invited but those who are not pro. Tampa Am is an example of this where there are qualifier runs and the best trick contest at the skatepark of Tampa.Pro: Pro skateboard contests are the premier contests in skateboarding. With a cash prize for the podium spots of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, these pro contests can sometimes come in circuits like Dew Tour or Street League. Then there are annual contests like the X-Games on ESPN and Tampa Pro.

Olympics: The most prestigious contest in all of the action sports, qualifying for The Olympics as a skateboarder is a heck of a journey. Each pro skater has a chance to essentially win the world championship of skateboarding, as the entire skateboarding community and skateboarding world will be watching and commenting via social media. Click here to learn more about the Skate Olympic Games.

What are the most legendary contests in skateboarding history?

Competitions have always maintained a certain allure since the early freestyle competitions of the 1960s. However, decades later, skate contests have evolved from what began in empty warehouses to now Olympic Stadiums.

On the road to the largest competitive stage in sports, the stops along the way were not only historic, but legendary. Here are some of the most historical and legendary contests in skateboarding.

X Games: Simply put, without the X-Games there would be no Tony Hawk and countless other household names. The X-Games, now a cornerstone of ESPN, shortened from extreme games, made its debut in June of 1995.

While Tony Hawk’s 900 made skateboarding mainstream, it was really the X-Games that taught everyone what a vert halfpipe was or exposed them to competition skateboarding for the first time.

The X Games have since become synonymous with skateboarding, BMX, inline skates and snow sports.

Tampa Am/Tampa Pro: While the X-Games might be the most popular skate contest outside of skating, Tampa Am and Tampa Pro are the most notorious inside of skating.

Taking place at the skatepark of Tampa, every major pro made their debut in Tampa Am while the best of the best have gone on to win Tampa Pro. Qualifying skate free-for-all jams take place to get skaters on the scoreboard, then individual runs compete for first, second and third place.

Some of the most legendary skaters have participated in these skateboarding contests, including Chad Muska, Nyjah Huston, and Eric Koston.

 

Dew Tour: While Dew Tour is one of the newer skateboarding events, it quickly made a name for itself. With hosting its contests with a mobile format, pulling up semi trucks fitted with skate obstacles onto a downtown’s main street, the spectacle of Dew Tour has produced some of the best competition skating to date.

Runs, free for alls, best tricks, and even courses skateable by local attendees, Dew Tour has always been one of GOSKATE’s favorite contest series.

Based in Long Beach, California, but Dew Tour has hit every corner of the US. Check our listing below for a Dew Tour near you.

Zumiez Best Foot Forward: Zumiez Best Foot Forward is a traveling contest series that aims to highlight the best of any local talent in remote local skate parks and connect them to big brands and companies.

This skate shop contest series has helped some of the biggest skaters today get their first major sponsors. Skaters like Jamie Foy, Paul Hart, and Zion Wright were all discovered by Zumiez Best Foot Forward; two of which are now in skateboarding at The Olympics.

The contests are usually a best trick contest format, where skaters compete to land the gnarliest trick on the same obstacle.

The Boardr Am Series: What makes the Boardr Am Series truly unique, is the rating system Boardr has since become known for.

Considered the most accurate skateboarder ranking system in the world, the contest aims to do the same.

There may be no better judge of a skater’s current standing with skateboarding as a whole than The Boardr Am Series.

Street League Skateboarding (SLS): Although the X Games and Tampa Pro and Am series have captured the hearts of skateboarders, Street League Skateboarding or SLS, has captured the purest competition in skating.

With the largest prize packages ever seen in skateboard contests (some reaching 6-figures), SLS has always drawn the best of the very best.

With 3 different sections, Technical, Best Trick, and BIG sections – SLS has brought out the most complete competition skating ever seen. It is also largely agreed, SLS helped make The Olympics possible by almost acting as a preliminary qualifier of skating’s most competitive skaters.

Battle At The Berrics: We had to include Battle At The Berrics on this list, as it is the only prevailing skateboard competition that specifically showcases flat ground games of S.K.A.T.E.

If you’ve played H.O.R.S.E. It’s essentially the same thing but with SKATE. Skater A does a kick flip and if skater B fails to do the same trick, they get a letter. The first one to acquire S.K.A.T.E. is out.

BATB has been one of skateboarding’s most invigorating contests since it first began in 2012. Flat Ground is something all skateboarders do, so it’s a super accessible and enjoyable contest every skater understands and feels a part of.

The Olympics: The Olympic Games puts the world’s greatest athletes on the biggest stage – skateboarding is no different.

How can competitive skateboarding help prepare your child to be the next skate phenom?

Skateboarding competitions have come a long way. Young skaters can now propel their Olympic careers by doing well in the local contest circuits and can go on to land their first sponsors.

Getting sponsored at a young age is paramount to developing as a skater – especially if you want to go pro. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on skateboarding lessons for all ages and skill levels for you to check out after this article if you would like to see how to break it all down.

Skateboards are expensive with the average complete costing well over $100, and the more you skate, the more boards and gear your loved one will go through. If you’re sponsored, the burden of financing a new board every two weeks is lifted and you get to skate fresh decks and equipment each time you skate.

This will not only improve your skill level much faster but ensure you’re always skating the best possible equipment at all times. Imagine driving a new car every time you were behind the wheel?

Most of the world’s best skaters today, including Sky Brown, a 13-year old Olympic superstar, landed their first sponsor by the age of 9. Sponsors can range anywhere from local skate shops to energy drinks. Just make sure the company ethics and branding are inline with your skate beliefs.

We invite you to check out our comprehensive guide on skateboarding lessons for all ages and skill levels to help prepare your child to be the next skate phenom!

Competitions locally in the USA, Canada, UK and more!

Ft Worth, TX
Fort Worth Weekly Skate Jam

Dallas, TX
King of Guapo

Encinitas, CA
Exposure Skate

Santa Barbara, CA
GoSKATEDay Contest

Salt Lake City, UT
Street League Skateboarding
Tony Hawk Vert Alert Finals

Kennesaw, Georgia
BoardR Am Series

Raleigh, NC
Skate4Life

Copper Mountain, CO
Dew Tour

Los Angeles, CA
SLS Championship Tour Qualifier 

Tampa, FL
Tampa Am & Tampa Pro
DAMN AM
Grind4Life
The BoardR HQ Best Trick Contest

Huntington, Calgary, Toronto, CAN
Canada Skateboard National Series

Video Contest, Global
CASL Video Contest

Saint Petersburg, FL
Grind For Life

New Smyrna, FL
Grind For Life

Zephyrhills, FL
Grind For Life

Lakeland, FL
Grind For Life

West Melbourne, FL
Grind For Life

Salem, NC
Nitro Circus Tour

La Harve, France
FISE Xperience Series

Reims, France
FISE Xperience Series

Alton, United Kingdom
Alton Skatepark Jam

Midhurst, United Kingdom
Midhurst Skate Jam

Ripponden, United Kingdom
Summer Skate Jam 

Sidmouth, United Kingdom
Sidmouth Skatepark Jam

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Vert Series

Ramp City, Blockpool, United Kingdom
Vert Series

Prague, Cech Republic
Mystic Sk8 Cup

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Open

New Zealand & Australia
Bowl-a-Rama

Montreal, Canada
Jackalope Festival

Ericeira, Portugal
Sumol Summer Fest

Munich, Germany
Munich Mash

Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
NASS Festival 

Zumiez Best Foot Forward

Hamburg, Germany

Helsinki, Finland

Berlin, Germany

Maribor, Slovenia

Utrecht, Netherlands

Innsbruck, Austria

Dusseldorf, Germany

Lens, Switzerland

Red Bull Mind The Gap

Egypt [Online]

Philippines [Online] 

Gdansk, Poland

Katowice, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Perth, Australia 

Skate Park Leagues Competition

Kangaroo Bay, TAS

Creswick, VIC

Oaklands, SA

Launceston, TAS

Broughton, SA

Campbell, VIC

Castlemaine, VIC

Kensington, VIC

Gisborne, VIC

Osborne, SA

Colac, VIC

Camperdown, VIC

Para, SA

Apollo Bay, VIC

Murray Bridge, SA

Longford, TAS

Bannockburn, VIC

Riverslide, VIC

Barham, NSW

Hurtsbridge, VIC

Mildura, VIC

Smythesdale, VIC

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At GOSKATE, we pride ourselves on supporting local skateboarding communities. Do you or a loved one know of a local contest not here on our list?

Do us a favor and email your local contest information to competitions@goskate.com and help put you and your community on the map!

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Skateboarding Lessons for Everyone, Particularities for Age and Skill Level

When it comes to teaching and learning skateboarding, falling and getting back up are a part of the process. But more importantly, so is having fun on your skateboard. And that’s true for all skaters and at all skill levels.

Whether you’re hoping to one day make it to the X-Games half pipes or just enjoy using your skateboard to get around, at GOSKATE, we’re dedicated to helping you reach those milestones of success that keep you motivated to skate.

However, even if you feel ready to hop on your board and head to the local skate park, there are a ton of factors to consider before purchasing private lessons or punching your ticket into group lessons.

Regardless of age or skill level, action sports require a ton of know-how. Everything from protective gear, safety equipment, to having a keen understanding of skate park features and skate tricks for beginner skateboarders.

Does Tic Tac, Acid Drop, Kick Turn sound familiar to you? What about Mini Ramp, flat ground or quarter pipe? Or what about if you or your loved one want to enter a skate contest but aren’t sure you’re ready?

Luckily for you, there’s finally an article that has all the particulars for age and skill level  in one place. We’ve got everything from age to skill level and everything in between.

Take a look! And you or your loved one will be well on their way to accomplishing their skateboarding goals.

Here is what GOSKATE will be covering in this article:

Teaching the “Foundation of Skateboarding”Skateboard Transportation Basics for BeginnersProper Safety EquipmentAge Range and Lesson Count for All Skill LevelsBeginner to Intermediate to Advanced Learning Curve (Obstacles and Tricks)

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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)
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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!
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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.

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5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks For Beginner Skaters

 

The word beginner can be a scary term for a hopeful skateboarder. Most of us have a hard time being a beginner at anything but it’s important to remember every skateboarder from Tony Hawk to Paul Rodriguez was once in your skate shoes. The difference is, you have GoSkate to help get you started. 

 

Here at GoSkate, we want to encourage as many people as possible to not only step on a skateboard for the first time but nurture their love for skateboarding.

To help you get rolling–literally and figuratively–we asked the experts upstairs and put together 5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn. 

Remember, skateboarding is one of the healthiest and encouraging activities on the planet but it still requires beginners of all ages to wear the proper safety equipment. If you’re a minor, consult with your parent or guardian before stepping on a skateboard and always make sure you’re wearing the proper attire.

Leave the flip flops at home, pick up your helmet and enjoy the ride.

Where to Practice: 

Listen, we all want to be the best skater we can. So it’s important we get off on the right foot.

The skatepark is always a great place to skate but it can be intimidating for beginners who have yet to really master the simple maneuvers required to navigate a skatepark successfully.

So here are a few places you and a buddy can start getting the hang of things: 

Skateboarding in an empty parking lot. Smooth ground is important.
Empty Parking Lot: Before there were skateparks, empty parking lots were the breeding grounds of ramp jams and curb kings. An empty parking lot is a great place for smooth, flat pavement, and out of the way of bystanders and moving vehicles. Just remember, empty means empty. Cars are a skateboarder’s greatest adversary.  Skate Park Before Noon: A skatepark can be an intimidating place but you’re a skateboarder now which means you can do anything you set your mind to. That doesn’t mean we can’t put ourselves in better positions to succeed. Skateparks usually hold the hours before noon for beginners and kids. You’ll always find a more inviting, mature and beginner friendly crowd in the early hours of the day. It’s also a great way to make friends to help you progress at a faster rate.

 

Your Local Neighborhood: Every skateboarder has honed their abilities in their own neighborhood. Whether that be in their own driveways or skating around to see what sidewalks have been made into perfect little ramps by oversized tree roots; or what empty parking lots reside at the neighborhood church. It’s also a great way to stumble upon someone in your neighborhood who might also be a skater. 

5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks:

Now that you’ve received the how and where for the most successful way you should start learning how to skate, here are 5 beginner skateboard tricks everybody should learn. 

Kickturn: The kickturn is one of those special tricks once you learn it, it becomes the groundwork for a plethora of future tricks in skating. It can be a little difficult at first to understand why but the kickturns main accomplishment is getting beginners comfortable with using their hips and shoulders to manipulate the board. To do a kickturn, start by riding at a slow pace and pressuring the tail of the skateboard with your weight on your backfoot. Then lift your front truck and swing the board around 90-180 degrees by swinging your hips and shoulders to essentially turn the board on command. Settle all four wheels back down and smile with glee. This will be your foundation for learning 180s, disaster stalls, even backside flips and 360s. Start by riding at a slow pace. Pressure the tail with your weight on your backfoot. Lift your front truck and swing your hips and shoulders around. Rotate 90-180 degrees and settle all four wheels down.

We recently shared on our Instagram more tutorials on how to Kick Turn and to share with us your videos for a chance of being featured on our feed.

Together let’s spread the stoke for learning how to skate!

Kid learning to Tic Tac.
Tic Tac: The tic tac is probably the first beginner skateboard trick every skateboarder learns because it feels most like a trick for someone who has yet to do an ollie or a shuv it. Still, what this trick is really valuable for in terms of advancing your skating–is helping skaters identify and understand the importance of finding your center balance. To do a tic tac, place one foot on the nose of your board and the other foot on the tail and essentially attempt to walk with your belly facing out. Place one foot on the tail of your board. Place one foot on the nose of your board. Putting pressure on your back foot lifting your nose.  Attempt to walk by pressuring your nose and lifting your tail.

Start slowly, be mindful of rolling and embrace the tic tac rhythm of the trick.

You and your friends can pick a few squares on the sidewalk and race to the end. It’s also a great way to start building those leg muscles. 

Shuv it. The board turns 180 degrees. The skater’s body does not turn. Shuv It: The allusive shuv it is more than likely the first trick to drive you crazy and give you your first minor injury. Don’t worry, it’s a badge of honor and a sure sign you are headed in the right direction. Essentially, the shuv it is pop-shuv-it’s predecessor. SInce you don’t know how to ollie and pop your board just yet, you’re going to be focusing on “shuv’ing” the board’s nose and tail. Don’t let the jargon intimidate you. We’re basically causing your back foot to swoop the tail around to switch places with your nose with a 180 degree spin. You can do this frontside–as seen in our video–or backside, which is generally more common and intuitive. We start by placing our front foot over the spin of the board in a place that feels comfortable to you but definitely below the set of bolts on your front truck. Your back foot is where the magic happens. You’ll need to position your toes in the pocket of your board and just over the edge of your tail. Your toes should slightly be hanging off the edge so when you jump and swing your backfoot behind you, the board is manipulated into turning 180 degrees. Place your front foot on the spine of the board. Place back foot in the pocket of the board with your ‘toes’ slightly over the edge. Simultaneously jump while swooping your back foot behind you.  Causing the board to rotate in a flat motion 180 degrees.

Don’t fret if you can’t get the board to rotate 180 on your first go. It might not even happen in the first week!

Just keep practicing and trying different foot placements with your back foot. You’ll get it, we promise.

Young male skateboarder performing a trick at the local skate park.
Manual: The manual is one of the most important tricks any skateboarder can learn as it literally opens the gateway into an entire realm of trick progression. That being said, manual tricks are known to be some of the hardest and most frustrating tricks possible, but that also means they are some of the most rewarding. For beginners, the manual is best conceived of as a wheelie; where you lift up your front wheels and balance on the back. Sounds simple enough right? But as you will see, it’s quite difficult to hold it for long. Try to first manual one square’s length on a sidewalk. Or if you really have the hang of it, you can attempt a nose-manual and lift your back trucks to balance on your front wheels. Stand on your board with your backfoot planted on your tail. Place the weight on your backfoot and life your nose to get your front wheels off the ground. Balance and hold.

Practicing your manuals at the beginners stage can also potentially reveal to you your akinship to being a more technical versus commitment skater.

Don’t worry, we’ll have an article on the subject coming out soon. In the meantime, hit the city sidewalks and practice those manuals.

Drop in.
Drop In: Disclaimer: The drop in should not be attempted on a ramp or quarter pipe unless you are confident in your abilities and ideally are not skating alone. That being said, you don’t have to head for the halfpipe to learn to drop in–even your driveway or neighborhood curb can get you well on your way to becoming the next Tony Hawk. Nonetheless, the drop in is on this list because it really marks the standard for when you’re breaching out of the beginner stage. Since the drop in is the perfect amalgamation of commitment and control, it stands the test of time as one of the hardest tricks to really master as a beginner. More than likely, you might even learn to ollie first before you learn to drop in. Still, don’t worry, we’ve got proven tips to help you master the Drop In. Maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle. Plant your back foot on the tail securing the board. Place both feet on the board and grab your nose. Lean forward with all your weight, remember to lead with your head and try to kiss your board.  Roll away into glory.

First things first, maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle (which should be downward facing and ideally have a lip). Have all your weight on your back foot to keep your board locked on the lip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DeGFbGiPuc
Common Drop In Mistakes

Grab your nose and slowly start to lean forward. Now, this is where most people fail.

They do not proceed to lean ALL THEIR WEIGHT onto their nose. They hesitate and lean back causing disaster. You always want to fall forward in skating, so a proven tip is to act like you’re trying to kiss your board. That’s right, face first. You’ll go only as far as your face leads you, so lean in with everything you got and smash down on that nose with all your weight.

You’ll be riding off into the sunset with the most accomplished beginner trick of your blossoming skate career. 

 

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