Skateboarding between Subculture
and Olympic Games
Skateboarding, along with surfing, is one of the first movement activities that,
since the 1950s, have produced an unconventional alternative to the standardised
world of modern sport and alternative interpretations of moving. From a sports,
sociological and economic perspective, both skateboarding and surfing can also
be described as long-term niche trends which, in terms of their attractiveness and
circulation, now exhibit several wave movements. Beyond these
The Olympic Skateboarding Terrain
between Subculture and Sportisation
AREAS OF CONFLICT BETWEEN
SUBCULTURE AND SPORTISATION
The current debate surrounding skateboarding’s 2020 debut as an Olympic dis-
cipline reveals new opportunities for skateboarding, but also polarised responses
to the processes of adaptation and conformity inherent to institutionalised sports.
Ultimately, this adds pressure to the very habitus of skateboarding, as it has to be
reconfigured at a fundamental level. How exactly do these transformative forces
Political protest, or mainstream-compatible,
watered-down, wannabe subculture?
The need to define... What are we talking about and why?
Well, of course we should always strive to know what we are talking about
and also try to make sure that we have the same understanding as the
person we are talking to. In scientifi c writing, it is a rule that we defi ne our
subject(s) before we go deeper into the issue.
With guerrilla gardening, I feel like that there are still very vague ideas
about what it “is” and what it “isn’t”, for