About Competitive Skateboarding
Skateboarding has become a popular activity loved by over fifty million people in eighty countries throughout the world and since officially becoming a new sport of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, it has now become a major focus of public attention.
Skateboarding, said to have started in California in the 1940s by surfers who wanted to practice on land when there were no waves, is split into two categories for the competition: Park, a complex course made up of bowls, pools and quarter pipes; and Street, a course modeled after urban landscape featuring stairs, curbs, slopes and railings.
Both categories are judged by the total score of difficulty, execution, the overall routine, speed and originality. Some of the tricks to look for during Park competitions are acrobatic spins and tricks done while catching air at high speeds. In the Street competitions, expect to see difficult tricks that require balance and control, like flipping the board while jumping over railings or down stairs.
SKATE ARK Background
Yes, the pastime activity has become an official sport of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, gaining limelight for its big stage appearance. Meanwhile, however, there are still plenty of skaters who strongly believe that the elements that make skating so cool and alluring cannot be contained to just competitions and prefer to hone their own original style through things like video production, etc.
In a scene whose essence as a culture is still strongly rooted, with many who insist that there is no need to decide who the best rider is at contests, the reality is that most of the contenders at recent contests here in Japan are adolescent riders who seek the competitive side, and that adult and mature riders rarely attend.
On the other hand, if we take a look abroad to the West, we see the development of honor and reputation centered contests like the X-GAMES, or the progressively edged “big money” contest like Street League. Within the global scene, Japan has been left behind in terms of scale and prize money without any major championships that attract world-level riders.