Free and reckless skateboarding has taken many forms over the years, but even the most seasoned skaters might not know all of the different types of boarding. While the sport is famous for ushering in an era of Supreme shirts, cool bags for men, and 5 panel hats, true skate style is far from uniform. The following are some of the most popular types of skateboarding that you should know.
- Freestyle: Perhaps the most tried and true form of skating, freestyle skateboarding generally happens in the street to music. This form is purely based on skill, as skaters show off their best tricks.
- Street Skating: For skaters, the world is their playground. As its name suggests, street skating happens in the streets. Skaters will board down the street and use hand and guard rails to do tricks.
- Off Road: This type of skating requires a board with large wheels and foot straps. Off road skating is a form of roughing it, as the skater boards around natural terrain.
- Cruising: Made popular by long boarders, those who enjoy cruising will usually use their skateboard as a mode of transportation. These skaters generally take their journey at a more leisurely pace to arrive at their destination.
- Vert: This type of riding became popular in the 70s, when skaters would empty their backyard swimming pools to do tricks. The name comes from the motion of the rider: They start horizontal and cruise down the side of the pool to eventually get vertical.
- Park Skating: Skate parks are a more modern skating luxury and are designed for skaters to do tricks or ride at their own pace. These parks offer a combination of street and vert skating.
A recent study found that the most common place to skateboard other than the park is the driveway. Since it costs up to $500 to install a ramp, most hobby skaters start right in front of their house. But you might choose to start somewhere else. Throw on your Supreme brand clothing, throw some gear into one of our bags for men, and head to the street to try out different types of skating.