Originally deemed to be just a fad, the art of skateboarding is now satisfyingly ranking around the same level as rap and video games for sheer piss-off-your-parents ability. But that’s not the reason why people take up this sport – well for some maybe. It’s about creativity, expression, freedom, triumph when you accomplish that trick and above all – pure destruction.
Because of its staying-power and ever-increasing popularity, it’s only natural that many competitions exist for skaters, seasoned or amateur to show off their skills. If you’re a professional skateboarder or just a happy spectator keen to keep an eye on the competition front, here is some of the best competitions to add to 2014’s calendar.
While the Dew Tour may only be in its ninth year, it has made a huge impact on the world of skateboarding. The free four-day action and lifestyle festival has three separate events throughout the year focusing on different types of extreme sports from snowboarding to skateboarding. The summer series is where professional skateboarders and BMX riders come together to shred up the other competition. Along with live music acts and an MTV television broadcast, fans get the whole interactive experience with pro athlete meet and greats, sponsors freebies, and the opportunity to ride the skate and BMX fan courses.
Nearing its twentieth year, the X Games is the epitome of extreme sports. It features the biggest collection of alternative sports including skateboarding, mountain bike, surfing, race car riders and roller blading in the summer and snowboarding, slope-style and snowmobile in the winter. Thousands of fans gather together for each event with the aim of witnessing a moment in sporting history. The X-Games boasts a carnival atmosphere with a multitude of tents and booths, along with the unavoidable expensive stall food, souvenirs and another sport related goodies.
Mystic Sk8 Cup
Regarded as the best skateboarding competition Europe has to offer, the Mystic Sk8 Cup not like any other. It’s not because of the $40,000 prize packet nor the fact that it offers both men’s and woman’s rounds. The Mystic Sk8 Cup is unique for one reason: each year the organisers like to spice it up by building a brand new skate park to meet the latest trends. This makes it interesting as competitors never know what to expect; it inspires them to perform at the top of their game and perform ground-breaking tricks. The contests include both men’s and women’s street competitions, prizes for vert and best trick. The Mystic Sk8 Cup is usually held in early July in Prague, Czech.
The Tampa Pro
Every year Tampa, Florida plays host to one of the most widely broadcasted skateboarding competitions, the Tampa Pro. Much like the Mystic Sk8 Cup, the competition is held at the Skatepark of Tampa where a new course is designed every year to keep the contestants on their toes.
There you have it, four great skate board championships to add to this year’s calendar. Interested in taking up skateboarding? Don’t make your first board one of those poorly designed creations from a department store. Make sure it’s a good quality skateboard from reputable brands like Penny Skateboards. With boards like this, you’ll be able to master awesome tricks in no time at all.
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