While the average skateboarder may be a 14-year-old male, a new breed of ‘rad dads’ has emerged in the US and UK. These men in their 30s, 40s and 50s represented 9% of the American skateboarding population in 2009, but what’s fuelling their interest in this extreme sport?
Tacita Vero is a journalist, maker and graduate from the London Consortium. Her main research interests are cycling culture, underground phenomena and alternative travelling, which have brought her to Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Chernobyl.
The role of dad has changed from breadwinning head of the family to friend, protector, role model, teacher, and carer, and there's now a record number of single dads. But while 75% of dads are responsible for their kids’ well-being, why do only 20% see that reflected in media?
For all its early hype, the Segway became a rolling joke by the end of the noughties. ‘Hoverboards’ have now made the concept and tech more compact and convenient, with rideables set to be the hot gadget for Christmas 2015. But who’s using these self-balancing scooters and why?
The hoverboards that Back To The Future promised for 2015 might still be a pipe dream, but the next best thing is on its way. Electric skateboards are here, and they're lighter, faster and more sophisticated. The latest, the ZBoard 2, proved an instant hit at CES 2015.
A clutch of new sports have been recommended for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Among them are surfboarding and street skateboarding, chosen as part of a package that covers "emerging, youth-focused events, which are popular both in Japan and internationally."