Skateboarding

Why Do People Hate Skateboarders?

Why They Feel The Way They Do?

Normally when people think of skateboarders they think of rebellious kids that don't listen to peoples rules. TV nowadays even stereotypes them as rebellious troublemakers. I'll admit that some skateboarders can be that way but people will make every single skater out that way. Some people just tend to treat skateboarders less then they would any other person. Others will even threaten skateboarders with the police when they weren't causing any trouble to anyone or harming a person.

The History Of Skateboarding

Skateboarding, as we know it, was probably born sometime in the late 1940s, or early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. No one knows who made the first board; it seems that several people came up with similar ideas at around the same time. The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime. The shop owner, Bill Richard, made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce sets of skate wheels, which they attached to square wooden boards. Accordingly, skateboarding was originally denoted "sidewalk surfing" and early skaters emulated surfing style and maneuvers, and performed barefoot

Trespassing

On certain occasions they will trespass and I will say that isn't right. In certain instances people will go out of their way to tell a skateboarder to go elsewhere. Even when they aren't the owner of the property they will pull over their car going off on the skater. There are a ton of videos where people are just yelling at kids for no reason when it isn't even their property. People just have an undying hatred for skaters and I can understand if they are going against the law and trespassing but there's no point in going out of your way to yell at kid for doing what he loves.

Clips And Lines

When you hear a skater talking about a clip they are talking about a trick or line (A continuous line of tricks). You'll hear nearly every skater bring this up because typically when you're skating with a couple of friends they'll say it if you did a nice trick that the rest of the crew can't do. Usually, your friends will be recording you doing a line of tricks and end up posting it on social media. Or when you are going to do a trick off a ten stair they'll end up making it a clip because that's something to be proud of.

Aggressive People

As I said in the beginning people can get really aggressive with skaters. There's a couple of videos where people have broken skaters boards for just skating. Other times they will try to get physical with the skater and a big fight will break out. I will never truly know why some people hate skaters as much as they do. All over YouTube you can see videos of people being aggressive with skaters with good reason or no reason at all but some of the way they are acting to these skaters really isn't that right.

Stereotypes

There are a bunch of TV's shows that stereotype kids as rebellious and cool kids that don't go by the rules. Examples such as, Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd Parents, The Simpsons, etc. Nick Dean is one of the characters in Jimmy Neutron and he is labeled as the cool kid in town and he skateboards. The teachers listen to him he doesn't listen to the teachers and that could be one example how TV shows can stereotype skaters as something most of them really aren't. Although some kids can be like that there are a handful of kids that aren't like that in any way.

Brands

When skateboarding comes into mind there are a ton of brands that skaters use or skate. Brands such as, Nike, DC, Adidas, Vans, Flip, DVS, Lakai, etc. These are all brands that skaters skate. But also there's brands of skateboard decks such as, Almost, Superior, Blind, Flip, Girl, Santa Cruz, etc. When it comes to what brand you skate that's really all preference neither brand is really better than one another. The materials might be a little different and the stability of that item but other than that the parts are all made to do the same thing and get the job done.

Style

Every skateboarder has a different technique and the way things are done are totally different from each other. Style is actually key if you want to become a professional skateboarder or at least get sponsored by a little company. The different type of riding styles are, Regular, Goofy, Mongo. Those are the different pushing methods, I push Mongo and Regular I use both of those styles. And also when I do tricks you either have steez or they're really clean tricks. I usually have steezy tricks because my trucks are really loose.

Appreciation

Usually people bash on skaters but you have to admire the things they do. They do tricks over a huge set of stairs and over really big gaps. No matter what anyone can say they have to be really fearless to do that type of stuff. As a skateboarder I can say the stuff they do isn't easy at all, it takes guts to ollie a 15 stair. Even if you don't skateboard you can still appreciate the really cool stuff that they do. It takes a lot out of someone when they are going to ollie a huge gap or do something that will be recorded.

Personal Experience

In all of the time I've been skateboarding I personally haven't been threatened or anything. I have been kicked off of property by a person that wasn't even the owner of the property. I was trying to get some clips of me and my friend because we both wanted to record ourselves doing tricks over the gap. Some old guy wanted us to get off of the property and we did but then we realized that the guy who told us to leave wasn't the owner.

To Sum It All Up

Most skaters aren't as bad as people make them out to be. Some of us can be really nice and respectful people, if you tell us to get off the property politely we will get off the property without any problems. But a lot of people will try and act aggressively towards us and threatens us. There won't be any problems if people tell us politely to get off of their property. Because if the skater is a respectful person they will get off of the property immediately.