April 24th, 2017
Notice all those young kids on skateboards, not only skateboarding on the sidewalk, but also skateboard on park benches, sidewalk rails and anything it seems that may be just a few inches or several feet in the air? They will try anything and go anywhere just to get some "air." There are even some home movies made showing them trying to skateboard off their roof. Now, obviously if you are a young person reading this, do not go out and climb your parents roof with your skateboard. Why, do you suppose, they are so eager to continue learning tricks that push the boundaries of extreme sports, besides being of the belief they are invincible? It is called the adrenaline rush or just for the thrill of it!
Experimenting with different types of skateboards, different types of wheels, the number of wheels, and the overall design of the skateboard is how many individuals move past the normal experience of skateboarding and go forward into the extreme tricks of the trade. With each new design comes the possibility of a new thrill - something that will set them apart from the other millions of skateboarders out there. The thought of injury is of no consequence; in fact it fuels the desire to push the boundaries of skateboarding techniques.
Skateboard parks have been developed all over Northern America and the world, yet there still seems to be those skateboarders who are not satisfied with these parks and continue to seek out different avenues to express their creativity. One reason the thrill of a new skateboard park diminishes so quickly is that once they have mastered all it has to offer, the thrill is gone and they are off seeking or creating new thrills. The adrenaline rush that comes from attempting the rails, pipes and the tricks created comes crashing to a halt, as they are no longer considered a challenge. Until someone invents a skateboard park that can change with the imagination of the rider they will always be searching for that bigger and better thrill. What are some of the ways that skateboarders accomplish this thrill?
They do so by skating where they are not supposed to go. This provides prime opportunity to try out new tricks that they have thought of and new ways of performing those feats, primarily on the streets and sidewalks of the cities where they live. The fact that most states make skateboarding in and around the city illegal only compels them further towards these avenues. Another thrill for the skateboarder is in not knowing whether or not a particular trick can be done or whether it can be done on different types of surfaces.
One length skateboarders will gravitate towards in finding the new thrill is the constant improvement of the skateboard itself. From its original design in the 1900s, which consisted of steel roller skate wheels attached to planks of wood to the newest invention yet - the motorized skateboard! This skateboard allows the rider to push the extreme in heights, speed, and techniques that were not possible with "regular" skateboards. The new electric skateboard is not meant for the beginner or the rider that has a passing interest. These boards have been specifically created for the extremist in mind and will provide hours of new experiences as you try new tricks, heights, grinds, pipes, and speed on this skateboard. Depending on the board chosen you could reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour and be able to break on a dime.
The challenge of learning new tricks is part of the thrill for skateboarders always searching for new ways to beat the champion while at the same time watching in awe as the champion performs tricks that seem physically impossible.
Another part of the thrill of extreme skateboarding an the way those in the sport ramp it up is by ignoring or trying to prove wrong the possibility of injuries. In fact, the more likely they are to receive an injury while doing the trick the harder they try. Therefore the very nature of the likelihood of injury is what draws them to continue to push the boundaries and they are only limited by their imagination