Unique Lifestyle

One word that Skateboarding is Positive uses to describe skateboarding is unique.

Skateboarding is this innovative, progression oriented activity that has unique characteristics which make it welcoming and impactful for those who chose to engage, the skateboarders aka “skaters”. Skateboarding is a multi-dimensional lifestyle that incorporates a mind-set that is constantly turned on. A skateboarder could talk for hours about how the skateboarding lifestyle touches their life even while not on a skateboard.

Skateboarders do not have the tight knit obligation of a schedule with specific locations and times to perform their craft. Every skateboarder displays individuality by their style of riding and the selection of tricks. A skateboarder has constant freedom to choose what obstacles they want to skateboard on and where they want to skateboard. A skateboarder can perform how they want, they can prefer to skateboard on ledges as opposed to rails, and both approaches are still skateboarding. Each skateboarder is capable to perform their given interest the way they want without conforming to a pre-established standard. A skateboarder may be known for their flatground trick abilities whereas another skateboarder is seen as superior when they perform on vert ramps. At the end of the day, neither of these skateboarders is at a disadvantage and both are respected.

Laura Beth Nielson, Professor of Sociology, explains to the Huffington Post,

"Skateboarders are dedicated; they show up to practice, rain, shine, or snow (if they have a place to do it) without a schedule. No coach tells them when to arrive, how long to work, or what the next trick is." Full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-beth-nielsen/skateboarding-laws_b_2934728.html

A skateboarder, dismissed of teammates, is responsible for their tricks and rate of improvement on a skateboard. The responsibility of improvement in skateboarding falls on the shoulders of the individual. A formal coach is absent which leaves self-learning an incredible tool in skateboarding. Whether practice and commitment occurs is decided upon by the skateboarder as opposed to relying on the success of fellow teammates for performance. In the Josh Matthews | PUSH video shown below, at time point 3:05-3:39 Josh and guests highlight the unique lifestyle of skateboarding.

Ryan Cockrell explains to The Post and Courier,

"I think part of it is that freedom and lack of rules. It's a goal-oriented, patience-oriented activity and that's a part of why it's so fun: you don't feel like you're participating in a sport. You don't have to show up on time, you go at your own pace, your own style. There are no coaches telling you where and when and why and how to do it. It's part sport, part art, part culture." Read more here:  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20090723/ARCHIVES/307239865.

The barriers to entry in skateboarding are minimal as the welcoming of all personalities and styles within the skateboarding culture accepts everyone and rejects none. There is no dress code in skateboarding and the diversity of fashion in skateboarding is among the greatest across various ways of life. An individual is not compelled to dress a certain way in order to skateboard. Skateboarding allows for individuals to dress to their pleasure as opposed to standardizing uniforms.

The cost skateboarders are relatively minimal compared to traditional sports that have high equipment and registration fees. The vast majority of skateparks, nearly all outdoor parks, are free of charge to use. The prices of skateboards are affordable and a dry concrete surface with imagination is plenty of resource to perform an endless variation of tricks. The contents of a skateboard (wood, metal) signify the simplicity of what fun can be.

Skateboarding is not solely a sport because it is not strictly competition based and the dynamics of skateboarding are always changing due to the progression of raw skill. The method of skateboarding does not stay static as innovation and efficiency are constantly being worked on in skateboarding (termed, progression-oriented). The end does not exist in skateboarding because there are always new tricks to land on a skateboard. The variety of stances on a skateboard and the design of different ramps put a limitless possibility to the tricks on a skateboard. A trick that is done using a regular stance has the challenge of being done with a switch, nollie, or fakie stance. Accomplishing a skateboard trick across a gap can next be done down a drop – there is always more room for advancement.

The tricks and riding style in skateboarding are entirely dependent on the architecture of the urban space. To wake up in the morning and have the ability to analyze the architecture of one’s surroundings as skateboarding obstacles is a priceless mind-set. To the general public a piece of architecture may be visually pleasing, but a skateboarder isn’t content with visually pleasing. A skateboarder must instinctively satisfy their desire to land tricks using the piece of architecture. With a driven mindset and suitable architectural conditions, anything can be used to skateboard on. The eye of a skateboarder is always on the lookout for interesting architectural obstacles, many of which as unorthodox as a gap over a patch of soil. Adapting to the architecture of urban spaces is an important factor for skateboarders.