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How Skateboard Competitions Works

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


There is a part of skateboarding that is always in a love/hate relation with contests. Skating have a competitive element, maybe a skater gets motivated by others or try to be as good as the top skaters in the world. Some people might think that the concept of “winning” is a lot of crap in skateboarding, but you have to admit a run without falling is exciting. Now the question is what judges look for in a contest, and what they really hate.


Skateboarding Score and Contests

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

The most difficult things in judging a contest is to observe the different factors of speed, style, difficulty, consistency, tricks and originality. It must be the overall impression of the skater. Maybe Street League is more systematic while other contests have more self-opinions from judges. Sometimes they just know when it is over, when a skaters run just leaves everyone with a dropped jaw.

The thing is to decide between a line or speed and an insane combo of tricks. It’s not enough to just have a professional skater judging, they must know exactly what’s going on. You may be an awesome skater, but it's not a given that you’ll be an awesome judge. There are some that think that skating shouldn't be about numbers and that they fundamentally can't put a bad score on anyone, that’s why not everyone are judges. Judging would be boring as hell if the guys didn't enjoy it, so you need to want to judge in order to do the work in a proper way.






Not a Routine

The other part is what shouldn’t be done for judges. Ilegal tricks are always evolving. Those tricks are the ones that really doesn’t impress anyone. Most contests have skaters that do the same thing and which isn't ideal if you want a judge to see you above the rest.

So judging in contests and events is not easy work. It could be vert, street, big air, the innovation must be sensed by everyone watching and in different ways participating in the contest. It may sounds like a routine, but the judges just put the scores, it is up to the skaters themselves to make contests entertaining and evolutionairy.




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