There are plenty of variations to SKATE, however. Usually, SKATE is played on pure flatland (with no obstacles). However, it's OK to play in a skatepark, in a parking lot using the rails and curbs, or whatever else your mind dreams up. Also, like in HORSE, some players like to play that a letter isn't earned until the first skater to land it "proves it". So, while playing, skater A (we'll call him Jackson) lands a kickflip. Then player B (we'll call her Max) tries the kickflip and bails. Now, Max should earn a letter, but first Jackson has to pull off another kickflip without messing up. If he lands it, Max gets her letter. If he doesn't, Max doesn't get a letter, and now it's her turn to try and land a trick that will be hard for Jackson, and the game goes on. This makes games of SKATE last a lot longer!
eS shoes has been holding an amateur world wide SKATE competition for several years. It used to have Eric Koston's name attached to it, but not anymore. The competition ends with a huge game of SKATE against the pros in San Diego at the end of summer.