Go Skateboarding Day has been celebrated since 2004, and is intended to promote and encourage the unique athletic skills that skateboarders possess. The sport caught on with surfers in California in the late 1940s and early ‘50s, as a way to ‘surf’ when the waves of the Pacific weren’t rolling in big enough to support traditional surfing. Today, it’s a professional sport and a major industry, with skateparks like this one found in many cities and towns around the country.
You’ll have extra daylight to work on your moves today—the late sunset is courtesy of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can also be considered a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2009 report found that the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world. In 2016, it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.