It’s a rivalry as old as time: skateboarders vs. scooters. Why do skateboarders hate scooters? Why do skateboarders prefer to ride in a scooter-free area? Can skateboarders and scooter riders co-exist? Let’s find out the answers to these questions in the following post.
Why Do Skateboarders Hate Scooters?
Hate may sound too much, but would you believe that skateboarders actually loathe scooter riders? There are many reasons for this behavior, some obvious and some not as obvious. Consider the following reasons.
Skateboarders Hate Scooters Because of Their Young Age
One of the reasons why skateboarders dislike scooter riders is because most scooter users are kids. Although most skateboarders are from the younger generation, you will notice that kids mostly ride scooters.
Because scooter riders are kids, they become a nuisance to skateboarders who are trying to concentrate on their sport. Consider a skateboarder and a young scooter rider on the road or in a skate park. Skateboarders need a lot of space where they can practice different tricks, work on their stunts, or just work their moves.
Just one young scooter rider on the skate park can ruin all the skateboarders’ time. Young scooter riders tend to move slowly and affect all the skaters in the park. They don’t have any idea how to safely pass riders and tend to try to move erratically, causing pile-ups and accidents.
More so, young scooter riders are inexperienced and will need supervision from their parents or guardians. More people who are not skating or skateboarding in the park can block the way of riders. To put it simply, there’s no room for inexperienced and unpredictable riders in a skate park and especially on the road!
How to Cope with Young and Inexperienced Scooter Riders
Let’s face it. The skate park is for everyone. You can’t just ban young scooter riders from entering the park just because you want to practice skateboarding! The best solution is to set a time for skateboarding, scooter riding, and other sports and activities as well. Talk to the skate park manager if a schedule could be made to ensure the safety of all the park users.
For young scooter riders on the road, this is another thing. It would be best if you could talk to their parents or guardians about the safety of their kids. Tell them that there is a skate park nearby where they can practice, play, and learn.
Scooter Riders Use a Lot of Wax
Scooter riders are known not just for their young age but also for using too much wax on their equipment. Waxing makes surfaces slick and also keeps scooter and skating equipment nice and efficient. But this is using a moderate amount of wax, and there is overwaxing.
Applying too much wax will only lead to cakes of wax dripping and slipping from the scooter surface. This wax is dangerous for other skate park users, especially for skateboarders.
Skateboarders will only need a small amount of wax on their equipment to keep these perfect for stunts and other complicated moves. The amount should just be enough; no more, no less. Adding more wax can make surfaces very slippery and can be very hard to remove in a busy skate park.
Also, skateboarders need to hold ledges, bars, and vertical surfaces in some of their stunts and moves. Having slippery surfaces like these can cause severe mishaps.
How to Deal with Over Waxing Scooter Users
Most scooter users who use too much wax are inexperienced riders, and the only way to avoid mishaps is to show them how to properly apply wax to their equipment. Ask politely if they can follow moderate waxing rules to prevent turning the skate park into a slippery slide.
It would also be great if you could ask fellow skateboarders to inspect the skate park before it opens. Check the different surfaces, especially areas like ramps, quarter pipes, half pipes, grind rails, walls, and bowls.
The best way to remove wax from any surface is by using a power washer or a steam cleaner. The heat will move through the deep-seated wax and will melt it, so it’s easier to wipe with a clean cloth. Use a broom to sweep the wax from the concrete.
Skateboarders Think Scooters are Easy to Ride
Basic skateboarding is easy, but learning tricks can be tricky. Most popular and highly-acclaimed skateboarders agree that they have gone through so much to excel in the sport. They have suffered from various falls and breaks and have spent time, effort, and money to become what they are today.
No doubt that skateboarding is one of the most challenging sports, which is why skateboarders look down on people who are riding scooters. For them, scooters are too easy to learn and ride, and therefore, they don’t deserve to be in the same park.
But is there truth to scooters being too easy to ride? Traditional scooters or non-motorized scooters are easy to ride, considering these come with handles and brakes. Meanwhile, motorized scooters are so easy to handle even children can ride them. Motorized scooters also come with convenient handles, lighting, brakes, a motor, and a battery. With these features available, it’s clear that scooters are built for easy riding.
Some skateboarders become too proud and may criticize scooter riders outright. Disagreements can turn into fights turning skate parks into an unfriendly place for everyone. If this is not resolved, no one will ever enjoy riding and practicing in this park again.
How to Prevent Skateboarders and Scooter Users from Getting into Fights
To avoid wasteful and senseless arguments among skateboarders and scooter users, schedule skate park use. Again, ask the skate park management to create this schedule that will ensure the safety of all users of the park.
Skateboarders who engage in fights, whether it’s with a scooter user or his fellow skateboarder, must be restricted from the park. Enforce strict rules about camaraderie and friendship. Create a safe place where every scooter user, skateboarder, roller bladder, and the skater can use the park without any worries.
Skateboarders Think Scooters are Lame
Because of skateboarders’ belief that scooter users have it easy, they also think that riding a scooter is lame or uninteresting. And, of course, every scooter rider can attest that there is nothing lame with their sport. A motorized scooter can take you to different places, not just in the skate park!
But some skateboarders still insist that scooters and skateboards don’t belong and insist that skateboarding is much more impressive than scooters. And just like what we mentioned earlier, disagreements and fights can happen if these differences are not settled. But how to do this?
How to Keep Scooter Riders and Skateboarders at Peace
As we mentioned earlier, separating scooter riders from skateboarders could be one way to keep things peaceful. The skate park should be a place where people can safely meet, practice, or compete. There’s no room for indifference, fights, and disagreements.
Ask the skate park management if you could create a schedule for all skate park users. All should strictly follow this to keep the peace. In case of any fights, the involved parties must be restricted from entering the park and enjoying its facilities.
Scooters are for Millennials
Rolling Stone released an article in 2018 saying that there are more scooter users compared to skateboarders. The article also claimed that the scooter is becoming the favorite extreme sport of millennials.
This claim was evidenced by a flash mob street jam held in downtown Chicago where more than 300 millennial scooter riders disturbed traffic, performed stunts, and affected businesses.
This answers the question of why many skateboarders don’t like scooter riders. The three bad millennial traits of narcissistic, indecisiveness and lazy can get on the nerves of free-spirited and fun-loving skateboarders.
City millennials prefer scooters as their daily commute can piss off skateboarders and drivers as they act overly entitled on the road. They are too sure about their decisions, making them lack focus and become poorly acquainted with other riders and commuters on the road.
Millennials riding scooters in a skate park also exhibit the same negative attitude. They feel and act as if they own the area, and skateboarders are just there to watch on the sidelines. Being overly entitled blocks their thinking and consideration. All they want is to rule the skate park for hours.
Skateboarders who can’t deal with this attitude may just go and skate elsewhere. However, there are also millennial skateboarders who won’t put up with this attitude and may choose to resist. There are only two endings to this situation: fight or flight.
How to Handle Millennial Scooter Riders?
It’s easy to see that there’s no other best way to deal with millennial scooter riders than to ignore them. Let them be, and they won’t bother you. However, their lack of focus can lead to accidents on the road and in the skate park, so it would be best just to stay clear.
Other Reasons Why Skateboarders Prefer Riding Skateboards Only
Some reasons for detesting scooter riders stem from the fact that scooters are different from skateboards. Here are some of them.
You Can’t Perform Amazing Stunts on a Scooter
There are some skateboarders that don’t have the highest respect for scooter riders because they believe that they can’t perform incredible stunts using their equipment. These skateboarders don’t give credit to scooter riders who ride, perform tricks and compete using their scooters.
Probably, they have never heard of talented scooterists like Robbie Menzies, Matt Mckeen, Ben Thomas, and Jeremy Malott. Menzies is a professional scooterist from the Gold Coast who started riding his scooter in 2008 from a skate park in England. Menzies is one of the winners of the Aussie ISA competition and the ISA World Championships in 2012.
Mckeen is a pro scooter rider from Philadelphia who rules the bars and decks. He received the Best Street Rider in 2006, awarded by the Scooter Resource Forum. On the other hand, Thomas started early at just 12 years old and has won the World Championships in Manchester, England. Finally, Mallot wants to inspire young kids to ride scooters to grow the sport. He is from California and has won the US Championships and SD8.
Scooters are not as Portable as Skateboards
Skateboarders regard the scooter as less portable than skateboards. Many scooter brands are heavier, larger, and thus, harder to take anywhere. Electric scooters are the heaviest and, therefore, may be impossible to carry around if you run out of juice.
Meanwhile, skateboards are very portable, lightweight, and easy to carry. Even big longboards are portable; you can slip one in your backpack. Some bag manufacturers have created a line of products for skateboarders. Large bags with a special fastener or holder to keep boards safe and dry are now available for users. Because of these differences, skateboarders prefer to ride skateboards only.
Skateboarders Prefer to Mingle with Fellow Skateboarders Only
Some skateboarders are too proud to ride with other people, especially scooter riders. Their superior attitude prevents them from associating or even staying in a skatepark with scooters.
Skateboarders who are busy preparing for a contest or a competition usually work together, and help each other out before the event. They may get irritated or frustrated if there are other people, especially scooter riders, who can’t give them a break!
And the feeling is mutual. Scooter riders may prefer to ride with their own kind. They may also think that they are better or more superior than other riders, especially skateboarders!
Skateboarders and scooter riders can’t mix. It’s an age-old hate-hate relationship that you can’t ignore. If you’re a skateboarder, it’s high time to stop the hate and embrace the differences! It’s time to work out issues so that everyone can enjoy the skate park! Life’s too short for hatred. Let’s all have fun and enjoy skateboarding and scootering on the road and at the park.