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Skate or Die

Original rebel sport goes mainstream

Glenn Tidwell | Staff Writer
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Rebellious anti-establishment hooligans – the vintage image from the ‘80s that pops up in most people’s minds when they hear the word skateboarder.

The landscape of skateboarding has changed from that archaic depiction. It has evolved into a spectator sport, watched by millions of people thanks to the alternative sports version of the Olympics known as the “X Games.”

This new-found popularity has attracted the attention of corporations that has propelled this sport into the mainstream world.

But many skaters have a problem with skateboarding moving into the mainstream. They believe that the free spirit of the sport would be compromised.

Skateboarding has long been seen as an individual sport, which has helped spur innovation within skateboarding.

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Everyday skaters feel that the more mainstream skateboarding becomes, the more likely someone will try to regulate the sport, especially with professionals now accepting corporate sponsors.

Skateboarding takes great skill and dedication, but the desire to perfect one’s skill may take away from the very edge associated with this sport. With the combination of skill and edge skateboarding has been able to captivate people of all ages and backgrounds.

“I think that skateboarding is something fun for anyone to do,” said City College student Derrek Gass. “I mean there’s a lot that you can do with a board.”

The problem is the stigma that continues to plague skateboarders, the perception they are all out to destroy property and fight authority. But perhaps this train of thought is changing.

“When I see signs, for example, that say no skateboarding on campus and no skateboarding out in the community,” says City College history professor Holly Piscopo, “I roll my eyes and take offense.”

Skate or die

Photo Illustration by Robert Paul
Photo illustration by Robert Paul

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