Skateboards have a great safety record.
Skateboard deaths are rare.
They have also been used to inspire skateboarding culture and provide inspiration for a growing number of artists, including those in the skateboarding industry.
In 2013, the number of skaters killed on skateboards reached over 100,000.
Skates also help to build the physical community, which helps skateboarders keep track of the people who ride them and who they are friends with.
In 2016, the United States recorded its first-ever fatality with an 18-year-old skateboarder, and a year later, an Australian skateboard rider died after falling off a board on a bridge.
These tragedies highlight the need for skateboards to be safer for all, especially women, skateboard enthusiasts and those with disabilities.
The fact that the majority of the fatalities are female means it is also a gender issue, as there is a gender gap in skateboarding fatalities.
Skating culture has also evolved in response to the rising prevalence of obesity.
In addition to being a health and safety issue, skaters also contribute to a wider cultural shift.
The trend of women becoming skateboard riders, in particular, has helped to transform the way we view and talk about skates.
In the 1990s, women were often dismissed as “femme fatales” or “sluts” for riding on skates or having their backsides shaved.
This has been replaced by an understanding that women can skate and do well on boards.
Skaters are seen as strong and determined, not as “chubby, ugly, weak-minded” women, says Kristin Matson, founder and CEO of SkateBalls.
Skateman: Skateboarding as a new art In 2018, the SkateWorld magazine surveyed over 200 skaters, asking them to identify the most interesting parts of skateboarding.
Skater Kristin and her husband, Adam, have worked together since 2013, with the goal of helping skaters find a better balance between their passions and their daily lives.
Kristin’s favourite part of skateboarding is getting to do something new and not feeling pressured to be the only person doing it.
“I think that is what we are most excited about in the industry,” she says.
Kristina Koester, SkateLife founder and owner of Skatemall, says she hopes to use the same model as the skateboards that Kristina and Adam started.
“We want to bring skaters together for fun, not to compete with each other,” she said.
The goal is to create a space where everyone can skate, and create a community that celebrates the diversity of the industry.
Sketchers can meet at Skatemaal, a popular skateboard park in Amsterdam, to enjoy a day of skate in the city’s vibrant Amsterdam neighbourhood.
“A lot of people come to Amsterdam because it’s a skate park and they want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go to a park that is welcoming to everyone,” says Kristina.
Skatala, the Amsterdam skate park where Kristina, Adam and Kristina’s daughter, Jasmine, are from, was founded in 2009 by the Dutch skateboard club, the Nacht der Unteren Skatepark (NSK).
Skatalas main aim is to “create a safe and supportive skatepark for all”, says Kristins father, Skatel.
The park has a large open space for skateboarding, with different sections for beginners, experienced skaters and beginners looking for a more challenging experience.
“There are lots of opportunities to skate on the park,” Kristin says.
“At the moment, there are two sections for women and men, but there are plans to open a more gender-neutral section in the future.”
Skatal as a skatepark The Skatal skatepark in Amsterdam.
Image: Skatal Skatal The idea of a skateboard as a safe, social space is also reflected in the way Skatal operates.
The skatepark has a safe zone where you can go if you feel unsafe, as well as the area where the Skatal family and guests can relax, eat and socialise.
The Skatemen also have their own skateboard, which is placed in a separate space on the Skatas backside, but is visible to everyone in the park.
“The park has its own space where we can be ourselves,” says Koesters father.
The SkateMen and the Skater Boys, two skateboarding groups based in Amsterdam that share a common goal, have taken the idea of Skatal and expanded it into their own communities. “
This way, the park becomes more like a skateboarding space, where people can come and relax and be themselves, and have fun.”
The SkateMen and the Skater Boys, two skateboarding groups based in Amsterdam that share a common goal, have taken the idea of Skatal and expanded it into their own communities.
In a recent video posted to YouTube