Skateboarding for the first time in the Olympics is a program that many people like. Skateboarding not only shows self-styled and skills but also helps to adjust the psychological pressure. Studies have confirmed that during the covid-19 period, Skateboarding effectively reduced people's psychological pressure and increased self-confidence. The number of skateboarders hit a record high, which helped to promote the development of the sport.
Taoyuan, Taiwan (Merxwire) - As many parts of the world have adopted measures to maintain social distance, Skateboarding has become an ideal sport because it can be exercised personally or practiced safely with a few friends. Research conducted by Instinct Laboratory and Flo Skate park shows that participating in Skateboarding can reduce stress, increase confidence and provide a sense of escape from reality. Statistics show that since the beginning of the pandemic, the popularity of Skateboarding has increased substantially. The number of people participating in this sport in the U.K. has increased by more than 70,000 people, of which the most significant increase is the first time that women board skateboards.
Skateboarding was added to the Tokyo Olympics for the first time in 2020. The athletes' exquisite skateboarding skills in the competition field have made skateboarding a street culture that attracts global audiences' attention. Skateboarding courses in this Olympics include Street and Park's course designs. The total score is assessed based on skill difficulty, height, speed, creativity, execution, and movement composition. The growth and training of athletes require professional practice venues, but the skate park requires a vast space and is expensive to build. Therefore, the number and specifications of skateboard practice venues in the city have become important keys for player training.
According to the research report, the global skateboard market was valued at approximately US$1.94 billion in 2018 and will reach US$2.4 billion in 2025, with a growth rate of nearly 24%. The number of skateboarders has increased year by year, leading many countries to include skate parks as critical projects in the park's construction. Skate park is a leisure environment specially built for Skateboarding and BMX. They usually have half pipes, full pipes, track pools, and other related obstacles. So far, Laredo, Texas, is the city that most skateboarders aspire. The city has the most significant number of skate parks, with 3.3 skate parks per 100,000 inhabitants.
Taiwan is a significant exporter of bicycles. Many bicycle lanes are built in the city to provide a safe road for bicycles or skateboards. In recent years, Taiwan has built many diversified and functional parks. Bianzhou Park and Zhongli Xinshi Park in Taoyuan are parks that provide skateboarders to practice Skateboarding. There are two types of training venues for skateboarding courses in these two parks, Street and Park, including stairs, handrails, curbs, benches, walls, and slopes. There are also large hollowed-out dome-shaped courts for skateboarders to practice. Climb fast and perform amazing aerials.
Nyjah Huston, one of the world's top skateboarders, has been skateboarding since he was four years old. After being sponsored by the classic American skateboarding leisure brand Element at seven, he bought an indoor skate park for non-stop training. Nyjah understands that water resources and skateboarding training grounds are significant for skateboarders. Therefore, he established the charity organization "Let It Flow" in 2008, repaired wells in Ethiopia, built a sanitary station, and built a concrete skate park. It provides clean water resources and a safe skateboarding training venue so that local people can enjoy skateboarding together.
Although many people still disagree that Skateboarding is one of the competition programs of the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. However, the increase in the number of skateboarders and parks. It shows that Skateboarding is already one of the popular sports. Skateboarding reduces the pressure and boredom caused by covid-19 to the public and increases the sense of accomplishment that many young people enjoy self-improvement and performing stunts. It will be one of the Olympic competitions and a sport to express their emotions and style.