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Is Skateboarding a "Sport"?

By February 10, 2010

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What do you think? Should skateboarding be considered a sport? With NASCAR and poker being called sports by some people, what does that mean for skateboarding? Or is skateboarding a hobby? Or more a way of life?

This has been a touchy question in skateboarding for a long long time. And some skaters get REALLY passionate about it, being frustrated with skateboarding being pushed more and more mainstream, or trying to protect skateboarding from people who would try and control it. What do YOU think? Answer in the poll and see what other skaters are feeling - then leave a comment below if you have thoughts, ideas or perspectives that you'd like to share.


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February 15, 2010 at 6:56 am
(1) vern says:

YES

1)requires physical skill/coordination (not just a game)
2)produces sweat and improves/maintains physical fitness
3)can be competitive/judged

February 16, 2010 at 9:45 am
(2) Backbone says:

Of coarse it is, don’t be fn silly. Any action that requires practice to recieve optimal results might as well be a sport. It’s also an art as well as a sport.

February 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(3) Diandre Naegle says:

I don’t think skateboarding is a sport. It is a way of life. Just like a motorcyclist would say “it’s freedom”. It can be a sport because its sort of a workout, but I don’t call it that.

February 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(4) t-rad says:

If “Any action that requires practice to recieve optimal results might as well be a sport” then drawing a picture is a sport. There is an action (moving your hand) and it takes practice to acheive optimal results.

This elucidates the problem with calling skating a sport. As Backbone went on to say, “it is also an art.” Well, no, it is only an art, much like dancing. Is ballet a sport? No, it is an art, just like skating.

Skating is not a sport despite your mother trying to make it so (i’m looking at you Sheckler.)

February 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(5) t-rad says:

Missed the first post, sorry –

As for Vern’s argument, the same can be said of dancing –

1)requires physical skill/coordination (not just a game)
2)produces sweat and improves/maintains physical fitness
3)can be competitive/judged

Is dancing a sport? no, it is an art. Just like skateboarding.

February 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(6) Jaire says:

Why wouldn’t skateboarding be a sport. Look at snowboarding that’s a sport, and it takes physical ability also.

February 17, 2010 at 12:06 am
(7) khan says:

i skate and dont think its a sport… its a way of life

February 17, 2010 at 7:44 am
(8) Primoslide86 says:

I personally can’t wait for when skating crashes again.Some people don’t think it will,but I really do.I think there will be MORE hardcore skaters this time though,so that way we can keep our industry going without all of the big corparate companies trying to make a quick buck off of skating.That just really annoys me.If you’ve read this and agree,leave another post saying you do.If you don’t,leave a post and tell me why.

February 18, 2010 at 9:50 am
(9) thatonedude says:

Its not a sport its an athletic art.

February 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(10) Asher says:

no it’s not a sport its an art and a lifestyle the word sport is too contriscting for skateboarding. skate for life

February 20, 2010 at 12:20 am
(11) anonymous says:

Skateboarding is both a sport and a way of life!!! For those that skate and call it their passion, yes it is absolutely a way of life. For those that skate just for fun, it’s a sport, just like soccer or football. It’s also an art, because art is anything that requires expression. Now why aren’t we outside skating instead of reading these comments?

February 23, 2010 at 10:10 am
(12) just a random guy says:

there are persons that are saying that skateboarding is not a sport, it’s a way of life. so what about archery, judo and fencing these are all ways of life. people used these ARTS, and some still do, to defend themselves. sports are all arts and all ways of life so i really don’t see what the argument is. some of the things that are considered sports these days; lumberjacking, fishing, and sailing are all things that people do to survive and are considered sports. to all those who believe they have the authority to say that something is not a sport i suggest that you go back to the drawing boards and come again.

February 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(13) Tyler Cutts says:

Skateboarding is a sport. However, it is a way of life. Like other sports, skateboarding is not for everyone, especially persons who believe skateboarding is more a sport which should be enforced rather than a way of life. Skateboarding has in fact became extremely mainstream, with the mocking Disney show “Zeke and Luther”, about two obviously lacking young men skateboarding, which paints a poor picture of what a skateboarder really is. in fact, a skateboarder is someone who dares to challenge their body in the harshest form possible, to apply past athletic experience to their discipline. Only someone of the most seroius mind can truly master the skateboard.

September 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(14) Noor says:

i think skating is an art , a way of life, and a sport it reaaly depends on how the person thinks about it.

September 30, 2010 at 9:55 am
(15) curious says:

does skateboarding have rules/regulations?

October 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(16) skatermom says:

I am doing an essay for my college writing class and I am using skateboarding as a topic. You all have a great view on what skateboarding is. I do agree, it is an art. Everyone has their own style. Also, the physical endurance that is put into doing a lot of the tricks or even just cruising around is more than what a lot of people think. I don’t know about any of you, but if I am out riding around on my board, I am exhausted after awhile. Also, it takes skill to do tricks. So yes, I would say it is all of the above….sport, art, and definately a way of life!

October 28, 2010 at 11:54 am
(17) Joshua Florence says:

I think that it is botha sport and a way of life. It’s just like a basketball player thinking playing basketball is a way of life but it’s still a sport.

October 31, 2010 at 4:32 am
(18) Live4die4 says:

I’ve been skating for 5 years and it
Is not a sport! It’s much more than
some peice of wood that gives u
excersise. It is FREEDOM!!!!!!

November 2, 2010 at 10:37 am
(19) The guy who wrote this says:

Is skateboarding a sport? In my opinion, YES!!!!!!!!!! it requires practice, gives you a workout, can be competitive, is known worldwide AND it just should be a sport!!!!!!!!1

December 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(20) Christian says:

A sport is a game that is played between two teams or two people and has rules and involves physical activity.

SKATE is a sport.
Not skating. Skating is an activity. Now when you play skate, it turns into a sport.

Catching a baseball in your backyard is not a sport. Now if your competing with someone in some sort of physical activity that involves catching a baseball, then it’s a sport like BASEBALL.

February 8, 2011 at 8:16 am
(21) zane says:

Skating is anything that you make it out to be. Thats why i love it. It is the most diverse thing i’ve encountered in life. For some, calling it a sport is accurate while others enjoy it as a lifestyle or hobby, an artform, a job, or a way to just keep out of trouble.

March 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm
(22) slappy says:

its an underground movement

March 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(23) diqs says:

this is diamonds.

March 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm
(24) Xephons says:

@vern: with that suggestion then almost anything can be a sport…art for example. I don’t think skateboarding is a sport its just more of a hobby.

April 12, 2011 at 5:27 am
(25) JShuSkates says:

Skating is all of the above.

1- In many ways, skating is competitive, much like any sport. It is certainly a sport, at least some of the time.

2- It’s largely a form of expression, considerably unique in that it incorporates physical effort. That being said, it’s undeniably an art.

3- It is very definitely a lifestyle. If you see someone with torn up skate shoes and ripped jeans, he/she’s seen as a “skater”, by identity. For those truly interested in skating, it becomes more than just a hobby, but a huge part of who you are.

I don’t think it’s reasonable to classify or label skateboarding as any one of those things. It’s not entirely a sport nor entirely an art form, but a combination of the two. As for whether or not it’s a lifestyle, it is in every way a lifestyle for those who take it seriously. For that reason, I think it’s above all a way of life. Considering all factors though, I consider it all three.

April 24, 2011 at 9:47 am
(26) Skateboard lover12 says:

It is a sport, it takes practice to achieve the goal, unlike painting, skateboarding requires you to get active and stay fit as to painting it is to sit on your a** and move your hand back and forth while watching TV or eating, so on and so forth so it is a sport.

April 28, 2011 at 1:57 am
(27) dingaling says:

sports have rules, does skateboarding have rules. no. theres your answer. no.

April 28, 2011 at 2:03 am
(28) dingaling says:

are there sports were you CANT say shit like “hey that was a good game, 15-9!” and the like. no. id hate if skateboarding turned out like that, having people talk about who scored the most points. not hatin on sports though.

May 16, 2011 at 9:58 am
(29) bobe says:

skateboarding isnt a sport it is for rebellious kids who cant achieve anything in life and usually all skaters are bad and dont care about anything

May 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm
(30) Pathetically S*** Plank-pushers Skateboarding Crew says:

It is a tetchy subject. I think it is ridiculous that poker is a sport, yet skateboarding isn’t!!! Haha, it makes me laugh, but it doesn’t bother me all the same.

I’m the founder of PSP Skateboarding Crew, our motto is ‘Bringing Comedy to Skateboarding’. To Bobe, our team riders consist of 20-23 yr olds. Its the passion. Same as football. I’ve got first hand experience, I was goalie in a football team.

Conclusion – Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Skateboarding is unique, let it stay that way.

September 24, 2011 at 12:42 am
(31) Reid says:

no unless you skate competitivley.. its a hobby if not

October 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm
(32) heavy-d says:

skating is a sport

November 20, 2011 at 9:48 am
(33) tyler says:

skateboarding is a sport because like many says it requires practice and a persons strength in order to learn new tricks. even though it may not be something big that is judged in the olympics its still judged on big shows in skateboarding such as the x games, dew tour, and street league is a new show created by professional skateboarder rob dydrek. even though skateboarding does seem like a hobby because it gives us skateboarders freedom and is a fun thing for us to do it is still judged in many competitions around the globe and can get very competitive.

February 2, 2012 at 9:12 am
(34) Aj says:

of course it is a sport, there is just as much physical and mental devotion to it as people playing football or other kind of sports.

February 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(35) James says:

Yes it is like gymnastics it is a core sport.. There are competitions.. If skateboarding is not a sport then neither is snowboarding or skiing.

March 20, 2012 at 6:27 am
(36) Tristan says:

No doubt!!! It’s a sport/way of life

March 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm
(37) Derrick says:

I’ve been skating since I was young, about eleven years now. I started it because I felt like it was different from sports, it gave me a positive freedom and didn’t require me to compete against a bunch of kids my age that were just trying to look cool or being pushed into mainstream sports by their parents. The idea of it being just a sport it nonsese, though things like the X Games and Street League give it a sporty feel. I believe it’s more of an art form, expressive, like surfing, which it came from, and doesn’t require a team or a certain setting to be achieved. In fact “street skating” is very much a creative way of using the objects around you to accomplish what you’ve learned with skateboarding to the best of your ability.
As for the skater that said the stuff about art being lazy, drawing while you’re eating and watching tv, you’re an idiot. Piccaso never watched tv, and most of the real painters and architects of our time didn’t get that way by apathy.
As for the person stating it isn’t a sport because most skaters are just trying to cause trouble, and are rebellious; I was on a Christian skateboarding team that put out ramps once a month which hundreds of kids came to skate, and we all prayed together and did very positive outreaches. Now I’m just skating to keep fit, as I am an assistant non destructive tester for heat exchangers, I make a good living and don’t respect your ignorance. It’s all good though, everyone’s entitled to their opinion.
Those are my thoughts, not a sport, neither is gambling or sheep sheering, which is being looked at as a candidate to add in the olympics. As sports are just named sports and taken from their these days, and not the other way around, I think it’s always going to be up to the original to really give an opinion over a majority ideal. Mainstream sports with balls and teams are the proper means for being called a sport, that’s about it.

April 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm
(38) Skateryo says:

Fuck anyone who says it is not a sport!!

April 18, 2012 at 11:37 am
(39) big mac says:

Skateboarding is active, and can be competitive to some people, so ya it is a sport

May 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
(40) Seymour Butts says:

skate or die

May 10, 2012 at 4:04 am
(41) A Guy You Don't Know says:

I skate and I think it is a way of life, as well as a sport. I have been staying healthy because of skating. Skateboarding is just like cheerleading and cheerleading is a sport. Cheerleading takes practice as well as skating. Cheerleading takes commitment and hard work as well as skating does too. Football is also a sport and it takes those same things. Therefore, skating is a sport.

May 10, 2012 at 4:04 am
(42) A Guy You Don't Know says:

I skate and I think it is a way of life, as well as a sport. I have been staying healthy because of skating. Skateboarding is just like cheerleading and cheerleading is a sport. Cheerleading takes practice as well as skating. Cheerleading takes commitment and hard work as well as skating does too. Football is also a sport and it takes those same things. Therefore, skating is a sport.

June 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(43) bleh says:

I think that skateboarding is a culture all its own. It has grown much beyond sport or hobby.

July 18, 2012 at 12:41 am
(44) Rajah says:

Skateboarding is not a sport. It’s an underground movement/art.

August 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm
(45) Virginia says:

This as difficult as our capacity to express skateboarding to people that don’t skate.
Every ‘sport’ concept involves the physical nature, till here we’re fine..
and then they ofen talk about ‘rules’, rules of practice, rules of competition, rules than can measure who is better than who.
And this is the part where we all get soo maaad!!
I can hardly read them not getting mad and thiking sure world is how it is!!
-rules competition rules competition who is more valuable than who-

The thing is that.. I think.. our rules of practice are the common rules of life… physical laws as gravity, speed, bounce… and in this manner this is sooo artistic, so minimal, so liberating, that feeling of, somewhere in our minds, beeing able to break even those rules.
And our rules of competition are made individually, because, I belive, competition is against ourselves, against our minds!!

Art also had it’s limitations once, It vas though that the limits were they materials and rules of perspective and an imitation of reality. Till people came about and questioned!!

Skateboarding IS A SPORT and IS AN ART, and both meanings should be able to co-exist.

The sport part, just requires really open-minded people, form both sides. You can’t explain what skateboarding is all about? but have you ever tried approaching some how?

August 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm
(46) Virginia says:

This as difficult as our capacity to express skateboarding to people that don’t skate.
Every ‘sport’ concept involves the physical nature, till here we’re fine..
and then they often talk about ‘rules’, rules of practice, rules of competition, rules that can measure who is better than who.
And this is the part where we all get soo maaad!!
I can hardly read them not getting mad and thiking sure world is how it is!!
-rules competition rules competition who is more valuable than who-

The thing is that.. I think.. our rules of practice are the common rules of life… physical laws as gravity, speed, bounce… and in this manner this is sooo artistic, soo minimal, soo liberating, that feeling of, somewhere in our minds, beeing able to break even those rules.
And our rules of competition are made individually, because, I belive, competition is against ourselves, against our minds!!

Art also had it’s limitations once, It vas though that the limits were they materials and rules of perspective and imitation of reality. Till people came about and questioned it!!

Skateboarding IS A SPORT and IS AN ART, and both meanings should be able to co-exist.

The sport part, just requires really open-minded people, form both sides. You can’t explain what skateboarding is all about? but have you ever tried approaching to that some how?

November 17, 2012 at 6:44 am
(47) Damien says:

@bobe
You are an absolute stereotypical piece of garbage. I’m 15 years old, i started skateboarding again a little over a year ago. I have never done drugs, never even touched a cigarette, and i have never gotten drunk. And plenty of my skateboarding friends are the same way. I also get acceptable grades in school and plan on graduating from college with a masters degree I’m computer technical engineering. So do you want to tell me again that all skateboarders are a bad influence that can’t do anything in life? No.

And for everyone arguing it’s not a sport, go look up the definition of “sport” and you can compare every detail of it to skateboarding. Also, for the argument that skateboarding doesn’t have rules, think again. Any competitions they have for skateboarding, whether it’s X-games, our a street leagues competition, they all have their own set of rules. If you want proof, go onto YouTube and search “Battle at the Berrics”. It’s an annual S.K.A.T.E. competition posted onto YouTube, and the winner of each season is presented a trophy. So think about what you are about to judge, or else you’ll just do what you just did, and make yourself look like a total douchebag.

January 14, 2013 at 8:49 am
(48) bb says:

anything that involves a judge isnt a sport

May 31, 2013 at 11:40 am
(49) Dalton says:

skateboarding is both because a sport can be a way of life

September 7, 2013 at 10:03 am
(50) BobDole says:

If a competition is judged by how you LOOK (ie- visually appealing), it is not a sport. Dancing, ice skating, skateboarding (excluding downhill races), etc.

November 18, 2013 at 11:58 am
(51) Jose Lopez says:

skateboarding is a sport because the definition of a sport is “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature and skateboarding is a athletic activity requiring skill and physical prowess and it is a competitive nature when you are trying to become pro or be sponsored.

January 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm
(52) Orion says:

Yes it is there is a lot of people that don’t think so even tho it’s one of the hardest sprouts there is I skate board every day and I used to p
Ay baseball skateboarding is much more phisical and demanding

January 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm
(53) Orion says:

@bobe that’s so stereotypical all of my friends that skate are all clean and have good grades who cares if it isn’t it’s what u like honestly it’s the most challenging sport I have eve done at least we are not thugs that kill people am I right or no

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