Since skateboarding started in California, many countries adopted this extreme sport because of the benefits it gives as well as the enjoyment it implores to every skateboarder. However, with the accidents associated with skateboarding and some negative inputs relates to this sport, there was once a country that banned skateboarding.
Way back in the year 1978, the country of Norway made a regulation that prohibits skateboarding. It was indeed the start of such prohibition, which states that selling and use of skateboard are considered as an illegal act.
The government of Norway made the said prohibition due to the increasing accidents during this time associated with skateboarding. However, it was in the year 1989 when this prohibition was lifted up. During this time, people were given free access to many recreational spaces to play skateboards instead of just doing it anywhere.
The Skateboard Story in Norway
It’s quite surprising to know that a great sport known and widely played these days was once being banned in a certain country.
Norway was the only country in the world that recorded a complete ban of skateboard during its prohibition. It was during the mid-70s that skateboarding became one of the famous sports in many parts of the globe. Norway was never an exemption of this momentum; thus, lots of Norwegians use skateboards as a sport and recreational activity.
However, when accidents associated with skateboarding rate rose in the country, the Norweigan government decided to prohibit the use, selling, and even importing of any skateboarding related materials in the country.
Off-Limits Skate Spots
Despite such adversity, skateboard lovers in Norway did not stop doing the sport they love. During the ten years of prohibition, skaters made away just to do what they love. In fact, some teens and other skateboarders made skating ramps in the forest to avoid the authorities.
From Offenders to Celebrities
Finally, in 1989, the skateboard prohibition in Norway ended. At this point, the interest among people, especially to the teens, exploded, and a great transformation happened. Illegal skateboarders became idols in this extreme sport as they are now free to show off their stunts and tricks. From offenders to being celebrities, skateboards experts and players became rooted in this sport and start participating in international events.
Last January 2017, Oslo, the country’s capital, finally built its personalized area for the well- established sport. Today, the Oslo Skate Show is now one of the best custom-designed skate parks and one of the largest in Northern Europe.
Today in Norway
As of today, many skate parks have been established in Norway. One of these is the Oslo Skatehall designed by Dark Arkitekter. It is a beautiful skate hall where skateboarders could enjoy and have all the freedom to show off what they got in this sport.
For Norwegians skateboarders, their journey was not easy and smooth sailing. However, they remained strong with high interest in the said sport. This proves that skateboarding is not just a mere sport; it is a lifestyle of people that over the pace of time, it remains in their hearts.