Skateboarding is among the most challenging activities to learn and participate it. Aside from being technical, it can also be dangerous. One of the reasons many parents don’t let their kids skateboard is fear of injury. Today, there are over 30 million skateboarders in the world, but there might be many more if people knew how.
A recent study by Transworld Business Magazine interviewed thousands of so-called “extreme sports enthusiasts.” It asked them which extreme sports they participate in. They surveyors then asked what were there reasons for not participating in each sport they didn’t do. There were varying reasons for each sport- mainly cost and time. However, for skateboarding, the number one explanation was that they “didn’t know how.”
One of the possible reasons why so many don’t know how to skateboard is that it is not as easy to find a school as skiing, snowboarding or surfing. Every ski resort and most surf shops advertise lessons. However, there are very few skateboard shops that advertise skateboard lessons.
Skateboarding lessons started picking up steam in 2010. GoSkate.com was founded and started promoting lessons on a nationwide basis. This could have possibly kicked off a bunch of independent lesson company out of Go Skate’s contractors. Another factor is that many skateboarders are young in age. Many had not matured to the point where they needed money, and therefore were less likely to offer lessons.
As skateboarding grows older so does it’s participants. It is highly likely that we will see a rise in the amount of schools worldwide. It’s only a matter of time until skateboarders begin to see an easy way to make money while enjoying what they love.