By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Skateboarding events have exceeded it’s own expectations as to be recognised and aprecciated around the world. It has been a long way since the first skate contest held at the Pier Avenue Junior High School in Hermosa Beach, California in 1963, to the annual X Games competition with an attendance of more than 100,000 people every year.
Skateboarding is Not Just a Hobby
X Games / Photo by Trevor James Jr. for ESPN
Some will say skateboarding have evolved in the street with pure will of the few that wanted to create rad tricks all day long, but we must give credit to the X Games for inspiring people worldwide.
This events have showed great innovation, pushing the edge everytime and allowing skateboarding to push forward. Professional skaters like the americans Nyjah Huston and Alex Sorgente or the Brazilians Pedro Barros and Luan Oliveira all between 22 and 29 years old, proves how X Games have inspired youngsters to reach that kind of level and showing that it isn't an impossible goal.
“Ramp”, a Concept Redefined
Each X Games event have it’s own park structure and it has come a long way introducing different events for people to be amused and entertained. From halfpipes to vert ramps it adds a sense of fresh ideas that seems endless.
Just try to imagine when Big Air wasn’t a thing among all skaters and just the most risky ones would create their own rustic big ramps in order to raise the stakes. Now it has become one of the most viewed events and everyone wants to try the Big Air ramp at least once. Maybe the bowls and ralies stayed the same, but they can be owned in so many differents ways and events have helped ramps to be seen that way.
The “X” is Not Decor
Eventhough the X Games has it’s rules and precautions to preserve the integrity of every participant, it doesn´t mean the Xtreme has vanished. One of the reasons X Games is succesfull is their flexibility of letting everyone be themselves while skating, maybe there is a limited time for different skate events but you perform within your own rules. Because of that, a lot of tricks skaters try to replicate had born in the events, like Tony Hawk´s 900° or Mitchell “Mitchie” Brusco 1260° in Big Air.
We know the skate family is always growing, and it will not stop anytime soon. The skating events arrive everywhere. Keep skating beyond the kickflip.
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