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Skateboarding in the Military

By November 10, 2008

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Photographer's Name: LCPL Christopher L. ValleeTomorrow is Veteran's Day, and in celebration and honor of our troops, I thought we could talk a little about the rich history that the military has had with skateboarding.

You might be confused. You should be. But, as you can see by this cool photo, the military did once have in mind to actually use skateboards in combat situations. Click the photo to check out a much larger version of the picture at the Defense Visual Information Center. Here's the caption for the photo:

LCPL Chad Codwell, from Baltimore, Maryland, with Charlie Company 1st Battalion 5th Marines, carries an experimental urban combat skateboard which is being used for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire. This mission is in direct support of Urban Warrior '99.
Too bad this plan got cut! Man, can you imagine? Honestly, I can't see how riding a skateboard would actually be useful in a combat situation, but if it was, how sick would that be?! War movies would have looked way different ... I'm impressed that our military thinks so outside the box.

Even though Urban Warrior didn't turn out with skateboards after all (as far as WE know ...), I'm stoked that the military was, and is, not anti skateboards and anti skaters. For example, tomorrow there will be a Veterans Day All Military Skateboard Contest in Coronado, California. The link tells you little more than that it exists, and time and location. I bet it'll be fun.

So here's to our veterans! If you are a veteran and a skater, or if you know of other military skateboarding stories or contests, please post a comment below!


November 16, 2008 at 8:33 am
(1) Skater says:

Well, I don’t think they actually skate it. They seem to have thought about using them to trigger tripwires or track snipers. “skateboard which is being used for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire.”
Don’t think too alternative about the army.

August 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(2) Soldier says:

Rather prefer sector 8s for faster maneuvering esp. downhill and most definitely only in urban situations.

May 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(3) Edward Skipper says:

I skateboarded everyday to and from Brigade HQ, ( meetings with Commander)
While i was on the 82nd ABN !
All the Way !

May 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm
(4) PFC Bohn says:

I just got in trouble for riding in the road on my longboard on Fort Bragg. I don’t think anything will come from it but does anyone know if it breaks any army regs to ride on post in the road? As far as i can tell there is nothing that prohibits it.

My Bustin Ibachi is my mode of transportation

Fury from the sky.

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