Skateboarding - additional information
The number of participants in skateboarding in the United States has seen a year-on-year decrease, reaching 6.44 million participants in 2016. In the last seven years, the number of skateboarding participants aged between six and 17 years has also seen a year-on-year decrease, reaching less than four million in 2015. Surprisingly, however, the number of participants aged between 18 and 24 years increased slightly during this period.
Skateboarding is an action sport that people may participate in as a hobby, a job or even as a means of transport. It is thought that the sport originated in California in the 1940s when surfers sought a land-based activity for when the sea was calm. Today, skateboarding is a popular activity across the world with some choosing the sport as a career, giving rise to professional skateboarders like Tony Hawk, Arto Saari and Lance Mountain. Some of the most famous skateboarders have created their own video games, amusement park rides and have even starred in Hollywood films.
In 2016, Chula Vista in California had the largest number of skateboard parks in relation to its population with 3 per hundred thousand residents. Sacramento and Henderson in Nevada also had a high proportion of skateboard parks.