Here is SHIT®’s Top 10 Skateboarding events in the world. This a list of the current most prominent and iconic ones with regional and worldwide recognition for both pros and amateurs. We disclaim however that any event, tournament or contest has greater merit than other; this is a list where we just numbered some of them for an appropriate knowledge of the subject. Off we go!
10. The Grind For Life Series
Skateboard to fight Cancer! Founded by skateboarder and sarcoma survivor Mike Rogers in 2003, the Grind For Life Organization is a mission to collect enough money for providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in order to aid them by covering their hospital travels, doctors and surgeries expenses. They sponsor annual skateboarding contests and seasonal rankings mostly held in Tampa, Florida. It has a Street and Bowl division for all ages and skill levels.
9. The World Skate Park World Championships
With a tradition that dates back to the 1920’s within the currently known ‘Roller Sports’ such as roller skating and hockey, this prestigious series integrated skateboarding as a discipline to excel since the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. They hold their events annually on various continents, most commonly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with different style contests to earn qualifications for the rest of their series and showdowns.
8. The Street League Skateboarding Series
The SLS World Tour Championships is one of the biggest indoors skateboarding events nowadays. It’s a premier competitive series founded in 2010 where skaters look for their official recognition as the very best to ever shred. The future elite and pro skaters are to be found here while touring from Florida to Spain and back. It’s one of the most mediatic to date too.
7. The Vans Park Series
Founded in 2016, The VPS is one of the fastest growing skateboarding events right now. Both for men and women with outdoor park terrain styles, it focuses on accommodating and intervening skateboarding parks of classic layout with a more fitting championship’s criteria, such as pines, angled hips, extensions, escalators, set-back walls, elevation changes, gaps, transfers and variable grinding surfaces. It has regional series on all continents and has drawn a lot of media and popular attention at astonishing speed with its performances and champions.
6. X Games
Popularized by the broadcast of ESPN in the 90’s and the ‘extreme sports’ rush, X Games still holds great symbolic value of showing to the globe the talents of pro skaters such as Tony Hawk. To this date it has had a record of expanding all over the continents and having the most consecutive years of both summer and winter modalities in various skateboarding styles, especially vert. Los Angeles, California is without doubt its most renowned host city since almost three decades ago.
5. World Cup of Skateboarding
The WCS thrived out of the National Skateboard Association from the US into the whole world. Since 1994 it has organized lots of competitions and contests in many cities spread all over the planet and continues to sponsor other events into its rankings. Every aspiring pro skater should at least visit its arenas once and try to achieve a high result in order to become the next champion.
4. Best Shredder Series
Who said that size matters? The local but firm Best Shredder events and competitions are held in Hillsborough County, Florida. It provides a fine opportunity for local skaters of showing them skills and receiving recognition for their talent in four age classes. Every year a new jam is held and it is starting to attract more skaters each year into the small yet well-organized outdoor park contest.
3. Red Bull’s Bowl Rippers and WallRide
Promoted by Red Bull, the Bowl Rippers series is hosted in Marseille, France and has gained notorious popularity in Europe. The WallRide are hosted in L.A. and are growing in popularity among the younger generations of West Coast skaters.
2. The Dew Tour
Probably the most sponsored and full of partnerships on the list. The Dew Tour have had great moments in its series like the one in Long Beach 2019, where local pro skaters from other states and world champions gathered in one place at the same time and performed as both a cult to the classic tradition of Californian skateboarding and an air renewal to the upcoming new generations of skaters.
1. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Skateboarding is now an official Olympic genre. For the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 it will have both men and women categories, divided in park and street styles. 80 spots have been selected: 40 men and 40 women will compete to fulfill the Olympic dream starting from July 24 to August 9 in a never seen before event. All of the competitors were selected each respectively by the National Olympic Committee of their countries by the results compiled in the qualifications made by World Skate. The time has come!