Skateboarding has changed a lot since the days when the Z-Boyz were rolling around the dangerous streets of Dogtown, California. Since those year-zero moments, people around the world have taken to skateboarding as a way of expressing themselves, as a way of getting around and, for some, as a way of being part of a local community.
However, in recent years, skateboarding as developed into something else. Something that transcends rolling on the streets near your home, or in the local town. It has grown, and been accepted my more and more countries and cultures. 2020 will see competitive skateboarding become an Olympic event. With this new recognition and mass acceptance, a skateboard has become a passport.
Of course, the very best, most famous skateboarders in any generation traveled the globe, but now the world has opened up to everybody. A skater can pack their board, head for the furthest corner of the planet, and find like-minded people. Discovering new places and putting your mark on them is at the very heart of skateboarding, and far-flung travel only makes these opportunities greater.
And no longer is it just the classic skate meccas like Barcelona, Marseille, Los Angeles, and San Francisco that are attracting people. Skating is taking people to places that could have even the most hardened backpacker scratching their head and looking for an atlas.
The simple language of skateboarding – the highs and lows, the persistence and the joy, and the innate pleasure of seeing somebody do a trick so logic-defying that it’s impossible not to be impressed – is universal.