I’ve got a thing for keeping track of where things came from and where they stand in the skateboard world. Below, I’ve started a list of facts and statistics about skateboarding that I plan to keep updating as I find new info to add. I do my best to make sure it’s solid info from quality sources. That said, if you have a quibble, hit me up in the comments. I’d rather it be correct that easy.
Skateboarding is big business. The skateboarding market was estimated to be valued at $2.83 billion (USD) in 2020 and is expected to reach $2.3 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research.
Safety and Injuries
You can get injured skateboarding. Over 245,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured while skateboarding (or riding scooters and hoverboards, which is how they group the data), according to the National Safety Council.
Skating isn’t the most dangerous sport though. Skateboarding (including scooters and hoverboards) has higher rates of injury than skiing, snowboarding, soccer, and football, but has lower injury rates than basketball and bicycle riding, according to NSC.
The number of skateboarding injuries increased – but probably because more people are skating. The total number of emergency rooms due to skating was 12 percent higher from 2020 to 2021, which could be due to growing participation and a post-pandemic resurgence.
The ollie was invented in 1977 by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand in a bowl at Skateboard USA skatepark in Hollywood, Florida.
On June 27, 1999, Tony Hawk landed the world’s first 900 spin on a vert ramp at the X Games in San Francisco.
Believe it or not, the first skatepark was built in Tucson, Arizona, in 1965, not in California.
Skateboarding first became an Olympic sport at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.