Skating and skateboarding are mostly considered to be recreational activities or an art form. They are also known as action sport and are comparatively much newer in the sporting world. It is estimated that about 85% of skaters and skateboarders are under 18 years old and are mostly males. These sports were originated in the US about 70 years ago and they are quite new to the rest of the world.
Skating and skateboarding are slowly catching up in urban India. You see young boys in the malls and open spaces trying out this exciting sport. Kids enjoy skating and skateboarding tremendously. However these sports are injury prone. Wearing a proper gear like helmet, elbow pads, kneepads, gloves and wrist guards is extremely important before venturing out.
In most of the urban cities, there are coaches and small time academies. All you need to do is find them and start learning. Besides physical health benefits, skating and skateboarding are known to help build better self-esteem and increase a sense of community building and bonding. One should avoid skating or skateboarding with any form of head injuries.
Trivia: Go Skateboarding Day is celebrated on June 21 every year. It was started in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to promote skateboarding.
Quote: Skateboarding helps a ton with balance, precision, with air awareness… it gets your senses to be spot-on and it’s also a great way to take my mind off things.
-Shaun White, American professional snowboarder and skateboarder who is 2-time Olympic Gold Medallist