I met a Flemming student recently that’s into skate boarding. The only experience I have with boarding was when I was 8 years old and I fell off and scrapped up my cute face before a family photo OP. Needless to say I didn’t go on one again but here are some fun facts about this very cool sport. Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, as well as a recreational activity, an art form, an entertainment industry job, and a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. At two spots in the world a kind of a skateboard was developed at the first time in the early 1950s: California and Hawaii. They used shorter surfboards and wheels made out of metal without some bearings. In the late 1950s, skateboarding had a first peaked.
Skateboarding, as we know it, was probably born sometime in the late 1940s, or early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. This was called “sidewalk surfing” – a new wave of surfing on the sidewalk as the sport of surfing became highly popular. Here’s a list of some competitions.
- World Skate ISO Street
- Street League World Tour
- Far n High 13th Annual Pro/Am Open
- Street League World Championships
- Red Bull Mind the Gap
- Vans Park Series Pro Tour France and Europa Regionals. …
- Vans Park Series Pro Tour Canada and Americas Regionals.
Street competitions take place on a straight course that includes stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls, and slopes. One competitor takes to the course at a time, using the features to showcase their range of skills. In each round, riders will perform two 45-second runs with five individually-scored tricks. A panel of five judges scores each run or trick on a scale of 0 to 10.0, with the highest and lowest scores for each run or trick dropped before the remaining three are averaged. A rider’s best four run or trick scores are added together to get a total round score.
Skateboarder on Handrail
In scoring the competition, judges consider the degree of difficulty of the tricks performed, as well as their height, speed, originality, execution, and composition to award an overall mark. One way in which riders can increase their level of difficulty is to perform tricks in the opposite position to their main stance. So, if their main stance is to position their left leg so that it faces the direction they wish to move, their switch stance puts the right leg in that forward position.If I wasn’t such a diva I may try it again but my cute face likes itself in tact. If your brave I’d say try it out. I definitely enjoy watching my new buddy trick out!
Author Bruce Christopher
Editor Martin Rye
PR Mike Tubbrit
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