Are you passionate about skateboarding? We talk to two skateboarding fans from LA.

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Monica and Carl are teenagers from Los Angeles in the United States. They both love skateboarding. Read this interview with them and find out more about their favourite sport.

Who invented skateboarding?

Monica: Nobody knows who the first skateboarder was, but we know that skateboarding started in California in the 1950s. There were lots of surfers who wanted something to do when it wasn’t windy and the ocean was calm, so they invented the skateboard and it was called “land surfing” in the beginning.

Carl: The first skateboards were pieces of wood with wheels from rollerskates that people made at home. When skateboarding became popular, they started making skateboards in factories.

Where can you go skateboarding?

Carl: You can go skateboarding in public places like parks, pavements and city squares. Some skateboarders like “freestyle” skateboarding, which is going fast along pavements or bicycle lanes. Other skateboarders like doing jumps and tricks on benches, stairs or railings. It’s great fun, but you have to watch out for pedestrians.

Monica: There are also lots of skate parks in towns and cities. The good thing about skate parks is that you can practise jumps without disturbing anyone. You can meet other skaters at a skate park too.

When did you start skateboarding?

Monica: When I was a child, I used to go rollerskating with friends. When I was thirteen, I tried one of my friend’s skateboards. I fell several times, but I loved it straight away. A couple of weeks later, I got my first skateboard. I haven’t stopped rollerskating. I like both sports now.

Carl: I live in the city and there’s a skate park near my house. I used to go to the park and watch the skateboarders. Then my dad gave me a skateboard for my eleventh birthday in July and I spent the summer skateboarding. I loved the sense of freedom and speed. I used to ride my bike a lot, but I never go on it now.

Is skateboarding dangerous?

Carl: We all fall off our boards and get hurt sometimes, but most injuries are minor cuts and bruises. Obviously, it’s a good idea to wear a helmet and protect your head. It’s important to protect your hands and wrists too. Hands and wrists are the part of the body that you’re most likely to injure as you put out your hands to protect yourself when you fall. I always wear wristguards when I skate.

Are there skateboarding competitions?

Monica: Yes, there are. They usually take place in skate parks. Judges give skaters points for their jumps and tricks. In the United States and Europe, some  skaters are professional and make money from taking part in skating competitions.

Carl: There was a campaign to get skateboarding included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but unfortunately it wasn’t successful. But who knows? Maybe, skateboarding will be in the 2020 games!

Tell me about “Go Skateboarding Day”.

Monica: “Go Skateboarding Day” takes place on the 21st of June every year. It’s a day when there are events for skateboarders like competitions, parties, barbecues or people just go out and skate with their friends. You can find out lots about it online.

What about fashion? Is there a skater look?

Carl: At the moment, the fashion is for skaters to wear tight jeans or black trousers and a hooded top, T-shirt or check shirt. Baseball caps and hats are popular too.

Monica: A lot of skateboarders, boys and girls, have long hair too. But fashion doesn’t matter. For me, enjoying the sport is more important than someone’s clothes.

What’s a long board?

Monica: A long board is another type of skateboard, but it’s longer and it’s got bigger wheels. Skateboards are usually 70 to 80 centimetres long, but long boards are 90 to 120 centimetres long. It’s difficult to do jumps on a long board, but they are good for going fast.

Carl: Here’s an interesting fact about long boards. In 2006, a skateboarder went across Australia on a long board. That’s 5,850 kilometres!

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Discussion

Are there good places to go skateboarding where you live?

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_Hannah_ 7 January, 2017 - 16:23

Hey guys,
my name is Hannah Reisl, I´m 14 years old and come from Austria. I live in a small town called St. Georgen. It is not very big and has just a small population, so there are not so many good places for skateboarding and something like that. Our town has only one playground with a small place for skateboarder, but there are no ramps for jumps and tricks, because of that not many people come to this place. I think when there would be a better skater park in our town, that more people like to start skateboarding. I can´t Skateboarding, but in my old school were many kids which like to do this. Skateboarding is also a very good possibility for meet people and make new friends and that should be supposed.

Is there a good skater park in your town? What is your opinion to this topic?

I´m looking forward to read your answers,
Hannah

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englishgirl 7 January, 2017 - 10:20

Hi guys,
today I want to tell you a little bit of a story of two skaters.
And by the way I read this interview (text), because I have to do a little Reading Portfolio for school.
Carl and Monica are teenagers from Los Angeles in the United States. They both love skateboarding. So they told in a interview who invented skateboarding and thats very interessting. Skateboarding started in California in the 1950s. Monica started when she was thirteen, she tried one of her friend’s skateboards and Carl started when he was 11 years.: At the moment, the fashion is for skaters to wear tight jeans or black trousers , a hooded top and a T-shirt . Baseball caps and hats are also liked A lot of skateboarders have long hair too.
I like this type of text and i found this topic very nice.

So thanks for reading my comment and I hope you have a nice day,
Ella :)

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panda47 30 May, 2016 - 18:23

I really like long boards and also penny boards, because it is so realaxing when you drive.
At my old school ther was a longboard ban, because so many people got a long board an it was getting to dangerous, because of the school bus and the traffic, but it was very cool to see how many people at school got a long board with them. The best thing what you can do is really to drive with your friends in summer when it is warm outside and you listen to music and it is just so much fun.

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InfinityID 28 September, 2015 - 16:21

I don't think so. I really like skaterboarding but mi city only have one skate park and it is very far for me.

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SARAH K 22 July, 2013 - 15:44

no, only in a park in the capital city, or other private areas where you have to pay for every hour you stay

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