A picture depicting a skateboarder grinding on a table.

Skateboarding is the act of riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. A person who skateboards is most often referred to a skateboarder, skater or skate rat.

Skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an artform, a job, or a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2002 report by American Sports Data found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. 85 percent of skateboarders polled who had used a board in the last year were under the age of 18, and 74 percent were male.

Skateboarding is relatively modern. A key skateboarding maneuver, the ollie, was developed in the late 1970s by Alan Gelfand as a half-pipe maneuver. Freestyle skateboarder Rodney Mullen was the first to take it to flat ground and later invented the kickflip and its variations.

Skateboarding in video games[edit | edit source]

The overall popularity of skateboarding led to an expected presence in video game industry.

Title Year Franchise Publisher
720° 1986 720° Atari
Awesome Earl in SkateRock 1986 Atari
Skate or Die 1987 Skate or Die EA
Skate Boardin’ 1987 Skate Boardin’ Activision
Super Skateboardin' 1988 Skate Boardin’ Activision
Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble 1990 Skate or Die EA
Top Skater 1997 Top Skater Sega
Thrasher Presents Skate and Destroy 1999 Skate and Destroy Rockstar
Street Sk8er 1998 Street Sk8er EA
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1999 Tony Hawk's Activision
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 2000 Tony Hawk's Activision
Grind Session 2000 Grind Session Sony
Street Sk8er 2 2000 Street Sk8er EA
MTV Sports: Skateboarding 2000 THQ
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 2001 Tony Hawk's Activision
Yanya Caballista: City Skater 2001 Koei Tecmo
ESPN X Games Skateboarding 2001 Konami
Air Trix 2001 Top Skater Sega
Disney's Extremely Goofy Skateboarding 2001 Disney
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 2002 Tony Hawk's Activision
Disney Sports Skateboarding 2002 Konami
Evolution Skateboarding 2002 Konami
The Simpsons Skateboarding 2002 EA
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure 2003 Activision
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003 Tony Hawk's Activision
Go! Go! Hypergrind 2003 Atlus
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 2004 Tony Hawk's Activision
Ollie King 2004 Sega
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland 2005 Tony Hawk's Activision
Tony Hawk's Project 8 2006 Tony Hawk's Activision
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam 2006 Tony Hawk's Activision
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground 2007 Tony Hawk's Activision
Skate 2007 Skate EA
Skate Attack 2007 Midas
Skate It 2008 Skate EA
Skate 2 2009 Skate EA
Tony Hawk: Ride 2009 Tony Hawk's Activision
Skate 3 2010 Skate EA
Tony Hawk: Shred 2010 Tony Hawk's Activision
Shaun White Skateboarding 2010 Shaun White Ubisoft
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD 2012 Tony Hawk's Activision
OlliOlli 2014 OlliOlli Devolver Digital
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood 2015 OlliOlli Devolver Digital
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 2015 Tony Hawk's Activision
Session 2019 Session Crea-ture Studios
Skater XL 2020 Skater XL Easy Day Studios
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 2020 Tony Hawk's Activision
SkateBird 2021
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