There is nothing more extreme than the sport of skateboarding. Skateboarding started out by simply nailing roller skate wheels onto a wooden board and has since grown into a global phenomenon and recognized extreme sport. Skateboarding has been through a lot to get to where it is now, but this discussion is on a different article. Here I want to explain why skateboarding is so extreme and so popular. Skateboarding takes on a kind of athlete that very few sports need. Balance, strength, intuition, courage, skill, and a natural ability are just a small sample of what a person needs to become a great skateboarder. Skateboarders today are probably the most talented athletes in the world. When you compare the difficulty, danger, skill level, variety, and competition of the sport, it really isn’t hard to see why. There are also a number of avenues that the sport of skateboarding has taken that solidified it as an extreme sport, such as the X Games and Gravity Games.
When you think of an athlete, you usually think of a football, baseball, or basketball player. Maybe you’re thinking of an athlete, swimmer, or tap dancer (just kidding). Before the recent skateboard revolution in the 90s and today, few would have put skateboarders in the athlete category; thug, troublemaker, talented or maybe skilled, but not an athlete. But now when you compare the types of tricks skateboarders do and the amazing things they make their bodies do when they’re 15 feet in the air and then land smoothly just to hit another huge tune a few seconds longer Late for “typical” athletes to do, people are actually starting to say that skateboarders are arguably MORE athletic than what we know as a “typical” athlete. After watching competitions like the X Games, I’m not one to make this point. What pro skateboarders can do with a piece of wood on wheels is strange.
The danger and difficulty of skateboarding is enough to keep thousands of hopeful pro skateboarders away, but those in a hurry know what it took to get there. There aren’t too many other sports that compare difficulty to skateboarding. Take this, for example, you take off throwing yourself extremely fast in the air, while you are in the air you turn your body over, rotate the board under your feet, grab the board with your hand, put the board back under. your feet, land the board and keep rolling … oh and do it all in style. It’s pretty amazing what skateboarders are capable of doing these days and a lot of fun to watch. Fortunately, the mainstream has spread to this amazing sport and competitions like the X games and gravity games are now highlighting skateboarding as one of their main events. It gets the word out and shows the world that these guys are into the most extreme sport and deserve to be called world class athletes.