It is without a doubt far more skillful, creative and extreme than any team sport i can think of - and can only be compared to a select few of other sports/artforms such as surfing, snowboarding, even BMX.
Anyone can perform the most basic requirement of football - ie. kicking a stupid ball (or catching one).
Yet only a small minority of people will ever manage to perform the most basic requirement of skateboarding. ie. the 'ollie'. (Tip: its all about physics)
Due to the sports misconception, the real riders are mostly those who feel ill-at-ease with our conservative society, and feel the need to express themselves accordingly. This can admittedly result in the use of public property that is different to its intended purpose..
However, the greedy corporate fat cats have realised that there is potential cash in bottling this so-called teen-angst. As a result we have a whole pop-culture full of posers, companies, music groups and even shredders whose prime interest is gaining publicity, money and mainstream approval.
The soul riders are those individuals you will see milling around street corners, in dark crevices of the cityscape, wary of beefed-up security, all battle-scarred and torn, yet somewhat proud of our victimised counter-culture..
...Skateboarding is NOT: Tony Hawk games; World Industry clothing; Avril Laviegne; drug-using space-cadets.
...Skateboarding is: the underground; the artform; the family; the expression; the knocks and falls; the persistence; the reward...
so i said 'fuck it' i'l just skate in your faces - just try and catch me..
we now have little assholes skating just "to get sponsered" That dont realize that 1. They aint gonna get sponsered because you have to love the sport to get that good and 2. Even if they do get sponsered there isnt going to be all glory and big paychecks. And some skating kids say its a stereotype that all skaters are assholes. Not ALL of them but the younger kids, in general, are fuckin douche bags. How do you think the stereotype got there? stereotypes usually hold true. Also we have the kids skating because they think it makes them cool. When are these kids gonna see that skating doesnt make you a cool rebel? theres millions of kids skating!
And the skateparks are full of nasty ass ho women that wanna have 40 babies. That was just as a little side note.
person: How can your skateboarding be your friend?
skater: You wouldn't understand.