Those times when mainly well-attired business men used the microScooter to cross the train station terminals are definitely over. Ten years after the boom, the youth scene has discovered the microScooter and turned it into a hot new trend sport. Out of a small underground group, a worldwide community movement has evolved showing top-notch performances in the half-pipe with the microScooter. After the showcase at the Barcelona X Games, the micro Xtreme riders made their debut at Europe’s biggest freestyle sports festival, the freestyle.ch on the 25th and 26th of September 2010 in Zurich.
Originally, the microScooter had been invented to cover short distances as fast and easy as possible. But some creative kids from Montreux, Switzerland, discovered more in it than only a tool to get from A to B. They conquered the half-pipes and fun parks and turned microscooting into an extreme sport. From the superman deck grab to the double back flip – the micro Xtreme Rider are in no way inferior to the skateboarders!
Jerry Walther interview (0:45 – 01:16)
At first there were just a few riders from Neuchatel. Then a load of people saw us training in the skateparks, and they thought it was cool. They started training too and the sport spread to Montreux, Winterthur and Lausanne. We put on some little exhibitions and small competitions. The sport grew and grew and now we’re at the Freestyle.ch. There are 115 riders here and we’re part of the biggest freestyle event in Europe.