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Inspired by the Olympic status, the sport of skateboarding continues

Local skateboarders declare their love for the sport

Since 1994, the X Games have shown America and the world what some of the most talented skateboarders can do; Last summer’s Olympic Games finally showed these talents on the global stage.

From his birth in California in the 50s to surf in empty swimming pools to his rapid rebellious rise in the 80s, skateboarding as a sport has always been on the verge of accepted recreation.

Since 1994, the X Games have shown America and the world what some of the most talented skateboarders can do; Last summer’s Olympic Games finally showed these talents on the global stage.

But what does that mean for the local kid who kills the time in the local skate park?

“It’s had a stigma for the longest time,” said Daniel Martin while skating at a local Pinellas County skate park.

“To see it actually become an Olympic sport is really cool,” he continued.

For many of these aspiring enthusiasts, it was important to see others skate, and most importantly, to skate well.

“I’ve always liked skating and as a kid I was kind of interested in it, but I never really did it, but then I saw my friends skate and I saw Instagram clips Eichmann.

His friend Sam Kenda had a similar experience: “I just got into it because I just saw people do it and I said it was kind of cool!”

As with other sports, community support is a great way to get kids actively involved, but anyone can really start skating.

“Anyone can do it anywhere, like now, there are skate parks everywhere. And even if you don’t have a skate park, you can skate in your driveway or something. It really gives everyone the chance to skate, ”shared Atom Blanford.

“You can go out and it’s like you’re not really thinking, ‘I’m doing sports.’ Oakman admitted.

Similar to other sports, there are the personal goals and rewards that come with it.

Martin recalled, “It’s like, it feels rewarding to sit there and do a trick for an hour, aim for a couple of hours.”

He continued, “It’s an individual sport rather than having to compete with someone.”

The boys cheered each other on as they skated together at this local Pinellas County skate park.

LINK: You can find local skate parks in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County here: www.stpeteparksrec.org/skateparks/

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