Skateboarding became one of the Olympics programs for the first time, and beautiful performances became the focus of public attention. Moreover, Skateboarding can be practiced safely alone or with a few friends, and it has become a popular sport after the pandemic. As a result, the number of skateboarders hit a record high, and the market value is expected to reach 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2025, becoming one of the essential sports in street culture.
Taoyuan, Taiwan（CTP News） – The Olympics is an important event that people who love sports around the world pay attention to. Skateboarding has become one of the programs for the first time, and the stunning performances have driven the popularity of global Skateboarding. The covid-19 makes people less engaged in many sports and social activities, but because Skateboarding can be exercised alone or safely with a few friends, it has become a popular sport.
Research conducted by Instinct Laboratory and Flo Skate park shows that Skateboarding can help improve mental health, increase confidence, and provide a sense of escape from reality. After the pandemic, the number of skateboarders in the U.K. has increased by more than 70,000, among which the number of women has increased the most.
Skateboarding courses for the Tokyo Olympics include Street and Park course designs. The total score is evaluated based on skill difficulty, height, speed, creativity, execution, and movement composition. The growth and training of athletes require a professional practice field, while the skate park requires a vast space and the construction cost is also high. Therefore, the number and specifications of skateboarding practice venues in the city have become essential to player training.
According to the research report, the global skateboard market was valued at approximately US$1.94 billion in 2018 and will reach US$2.4 billion in 2025, with a growth rate of nearly 24%. In addition, the number of skateboarders has increased year by year, leading many countries to include skate parks as critical projects in the park’s construction.
A Skate park is a leisure environment specially built for Skateboarding and BMX. They usually have half pipes, full pipes, track pools, and other related obstacles. So far, Laredo, Texas, is the city that most skateboarders aspire. The city has the most significant number of skate parks, with 3.3 skate parks per 100,000 inhabitants.
Taiwan is a significant exporter of bicycles. Many bicycle lanes are built in the city to provide a safe road for bicycles or skateboards. In recent years, Taiwan has built many diversified and functional parks. Bianzhou Park and Zhongli Xinshi Park in Taoyuan are parks that provide skateboarders to practice Skateboarding. There are two types of training venues for skateboarding courses in these two parks, Street and Park. There are also large hollowed-out dome-shaped courts for skateboarders to practice.
Nyjah Huston, one of the world’s top skateboarders, has been skateboarding since he was four years old. After being sponsored by the classic American skateboarding leisure brand Element at seven, he bought an indoor skate park for non-stop training. Nyjah understands that water resources and skateboarding training grounds are significant for skateboarders. Therefore, he established the charity organization “Let It Flow” in 2008, repaired wells in Ethiopia, built a sanitary station, and built a concrete skate park. It provides clean water resources and a safe skateboarding training venue so that local people can enjoy skateboarding together.
Although many people still disagree that Skateboarding is one of the competition programs of the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. However, the increase in the number of skateboarders and parks. It shows that Skateboarding is already one of the popular sports. Skateboarding reduces the pressure and boredom caused by covid-19 to the public and increases the sense of accomplishment that many young people enjoy self-improvement and performing stunts. It will be one of the Olympic competitions and a sport to express their emotions and style.