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10 Skateboarding Styles That Create History

Skateboarding is a form of artistic expression. Cruising down the road, learning flips and grinds, shredding abandoned pools. It is much more than that, however. Many types and styles of skateboarding exist you may not be familiar with. For many, it’s a form of transport,  while others make a living from it.

Various styles of skating require a specific type of board. Common forms are used for cruising and trick style skating. Overall, there are ten different styles sure to get the adrenaline pumping- it’s a life altering experience one must experience.

10 Different Styles Of Skateboarding


Freestyle Skateboarding

One of the oldest styles of skateboarding starting around the 60s also recognized as technical or freestyle skating. The exact timeline or source is unknown as “skateboarding” wasn’t even a thought.

Boxes taped onto 2×4 with roller skates attached to the underside were some original inventions. This would be something me and my buddies would have done, and those that did, it channeled into the development of skateboarding.

Freestyle skating exceptionally technical and didn’t need the board in motion. Although not as prominent, it influenced other styles of skateboarding. Even today it’s not often you see someone doing pogo sticks, finger flips or handstands. Several tricks are still certainly much alive- impossibles, shuv-its, and no-complys.

Professional Freestylers

Rodney Mullen, accepted as the “godfather of street skateboarding” is the first skateboarder I followed and immediately turned into a fan. Rodney is a gentle human being everyone should appreciate, whether or not you skateboard.

A historic icon who transformed skateboarding, and created fundamental tricks such as kickflips, and tre-flips.

Street Skating

Taking over the streets skating massive stairs, rails, plazas, parks, all places that make up the scene known as street skateboarding. This is where we began to see styles developing and pushing how far you could do on a skateboard.

After the 80s, popularity in skating went into a downward spiral until late 90s. Pro skater Tony Hawk interview on Jenkem, speaks about the struggles, which didn’t break him from launching his own venture.

Famous Locations

Thought a list of famous skate spots would lift the mood here. Many are gone, unable to skate, or were completely demolished. These landmarks shaped skating, pushing difficulty to heights unimaginable. Amateurs take these opportunities to make a name for themself, grabbing attention of pro’s and the millions out there watching.

Love Park

Known as JFK Plaza, is located in the heart of Philidelphia. Skating here was illegal with multiple attempts to lift the ban were proposed. The famous shoe company DC proposed to contribute $1 million to re-open love with an additional $100,000 per year to keep skating alive here.

Before permanently closing February 15th, 2016, skaters were legally allowed several days to skate before it disappeared . A re-design of the plaza went fourth, opening back up in 2018.


Located in Barcelona Spain, the Museum for Art Contemporary Barcelona- famous for perfect ledges and massive 4 set. Not long ago, a re-design of the area occurred, most notably shaving the 4 set down a notch.


Wallenberg’s massive 4 set located in San Francisco, California has been home to the biggest tricks ever landed. An event hosted by Thrasher in 2009 opened the door for some of the gnarliest hammers and harsh wipeouts.

Top Pro Street Skaters To Follow

Just to name a few, here’s 7 personal all-time most inspirational skateboarders in the world.

  1. Andrew Reynolds
  2. Sewa Kroetkov
  3. Shane O’neil
  4. Paul Rodreguez
  5. Dewon Song
  6. Yuto Horigome
  7. Manny Santiago

Vert/Tranny Style Skateboarding

Vert style skating is performed on full-size half-pipes, while transition style skateboarding is concentrated on doing tricks on obstacles such as

  • Mini-ramps
  • Quarter pipes
  • Pools/bowls

Pro Vert/Tranny Skaters

  1. Grant Taylor
  2. David Gravette
  3. Tony Trujillo
  4. David Gonzalez
  5. Pedro Barros

Park Skating

An ideal place to start skateboarding is at a local skatepark. Some suggest this atmosphere as it’s an excellent place to connect socially and where buttery smooth surfaces, boxes, rails, ramps and diverse obstacles can be found.

Long winters in Vermont left me and my friends flocking over to the indoor park which developed into a pastime I miss.

Skateparks can be found in strange places in the woods or someone’s backyard, and may surprise or disappoint depending on preservation and materials. I’ve been to sketchy parks where rusty nails stick out and crumbling pavement wheels get snagged up in.


Lugging around and carefully storing a bike or scooter has drawbacks. Traveling to and from classes, work, or through city streets with a cruiser is less of an inconvenience.

Getting on busses and trains is often swifter and presents less risk of being plundered. Equipped wider with bigger wheels to confront harsh surfaces filled with cracks and tiny rocks.

Longboards and cruisers boards are suitable choices for riders. Each have benefits preferable over alternatives.

  • More convenient
  • Lighter to carry
  • Comfort factors
  • Tricks
  • Commute distances
  • Cost factor

Slalom Skateboarding

A form of downhill racing that appeared up around the 60s and 70s. The objective is to obtain the fastest time, while moving upwards of 35 miles per hour weaving in between cones. I’d be in pure terror thinking about falling, especially downhill!

Pool Skating

Swimming pools were an initial form of transitional style skating marked back in the 1960s. A very extreme, though lively style of skating that all started in someone’s backyard in California.

The plan to empty the pool, shred around steep edges to gain speed and momentum to get the board over or on top of the edges. If you’re looking for a rush of adrenaline, this one’s for you.

Off-Road Boarding

Taking on rough areas on mountain tops, dirt and grass with boards powered electrically or by gas power. I’ve seen cruiser boards and longboards jacked up with bigger wheels taking on elements for fun.


Reaching speeds excess of 50 miles per hour or higher sound frightening… and it’s dangerous. This doesn’t stop those whom I’d consider daredevils talking on the challenge. Board setups are specialized with stiffer boards and large wheels to accommodate speeds and terrains.

The degree of danger is much higher, and the thought of shattering brains, even with a helmet has resulted.


X-games has expanded the big-air challenges to a unique achievement in skateboarding. Danny way, one of the strongest vert skaters in the game shocked the world clearing the Great Wall of China back in 2005.

Skateboarding is expanding in many forms. Dozens of boards have been constructed to simulate skateboarding in another aspect as well. Who knows what the next generation will inspire to create.

Final Thoughts…

Let’s face it, skateboarding is evolving. One wheels, electric skateboards, rip-sticks, ect. have gained similar popularity- though not typical to the average “skateboard”. The biggest shift we are seeing today is the popular competitions involving younger kids alongside woman dominating the arena.

As a result, individuals from all over the world proven skateboarding is a competitive action sport respectively earning a spot for the first time in history in the 2020 Olympics.

In my opinion, skateboarding is very much alive more than ever before.

What are your insights?