There is a lot of crossover between snowboarding and skateboarding. After all, they are both board sports. But there are some key differences that set them apart.
So let’s discuss the similarities and differences between snowboarding and skateboarding. We will also look at which sport is better for you, depending on your skill level and what you want to get out of it.
When was skateboarding invented?
Skateboarding is a popular pastime for people of all ages, but it’s easy to forget that it’s a relatively new invention. The first skateboards were created in the early 1950s, when surfers in California began attaching wheels to wooden boards and riding them down the sidewalks.
This new form of transportation quickly caught on, and within a few years, sustainably made skateboards were being sold in stores across the country.
By the 1960s, skateboarding had become a national phenomenon, with professional competitions and televised events. It wasn’t until the 1970s that dedicated places to skate started popping up.
Today, Los Angeles skateboard parks boast some of the best rides available as skating remains as popular as ever, and its popularity is only likely to continue to grow in the years to come.
Which sport is more popular?
It’s tough to say which is more popular, skateboarding or snowboarding. They both have their diehard fans and there’s a lot of crossover between the two communities. Personally, I think skateboarding is a little more popular, but it really depends on where you live.
I think what it really comes down to is personal preference. Some people like the freedom and flexibility of skating, while others prefer the thrill of shredding down a mountain on a snowboard. Either way, both sports are pretty awesome.
Is snowboarding like skateboarding?
My friends always ask me “is snowboarding like skateboarding?”, and I always give them the same answer: it depends. If you’re just starting out, then the similarity is definitely there. After all, both sports require balance and coordination, and both involve riding on a board. However, as you get more experience, the differences start to become more apparent.
For one thing, snowboarding is much faster than skateboarding. When you’re bombing down a hill, there’s very little time to think about your next move – you just have to trust your instincts and go with the flow. Additionally, the terrain is constantly changing in snowboarding.
Even if you’re riding the same run every day, the conditions are never exactly the same. One day it might be icy, while the next day it might be soft and slushy. This unpredictability can be part of what makes snowboarding so exhilarating – but it can also be frustrating for those who prefer a more predictable experience.
Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to decide whether the similarities or differences between snowboarding and skateboarding are more important to them.
So, which sport is better for you?
Now that we’ve looked at the similarities and differences between skateboarding and snowboarding, it’s time to answer the ultimate question: which is better for you?
If you’re a beginner, I would recommend starting with skateboarding. It’s generally less expensive than snowboarding, and there is less of a learning curve. You can go out and get a board and start practicing today, with not much out of pocket.
For beginners, I’d recommend getting a cruiser skateboard before trying out a double kick board, which is shorter and used for tricks. They tend to be a bit wider and longer (but not as long as a longboard) are a bit more stable and easier to get the hang of your balance. You can still do some tricks and you’ll be able to find your groove with leaning back and forth while cruising.
If you want a ride that is closer to surfing, you can try the new surfskate boards. The mechanics of riding a surfskate is a lot different a standard skateboard or longboard. You need to do whats called “pumping”, which is a bit more tiring but is very similar to what you would do on a wave on a surfboard.
The end result is a beautiful carving motion that allows you to really surf the streets – probably what the original surfers who invented skateboarding were thinking!
Once you have mastered the basics of skating, then you can start thinking about whether you want to try snowboarding.
If you’re more experienced, then it really depends on what you’re looking for in a sport. If you want something that is fast-paced and done in the snow, the snowboarding is for you. Just be prepared for a bit of a learning curve, even if you’re an experienced skateboarder.
It takes most people a few days (or even a week) to get the hang of snowboarding and it can be frustrating as there are a lot of hard falls involved. But stick with it – snowboarding is known to be difficult to learn, but easy to master. Unlike skiing, which is much easier to learn, but difficult to master.
Be aware that the cost to start snowboarding is quite high compared to skateboarding. Just like skiing, you’ll need to buy a lot of gear – snow jacket, snow pants or bib, helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, bindings, and a snowboard. This cost alone can easily average over $1000. Then you’ll have to buy a lift ticket for each day – ranging from $70 to over $200 depending on where you go.
At the end of the day, it really comes down to personal preference. So why not try both and see for yourself? You might be surprised at how much you enjoy each one. Who knows – you might even become a fan of both! Thanks for reading and I hope this article helped clear up some of the confusion between skateboarding and snowboarding.
So, there you have it! A comparison of skateboarding and snowboarding. Which is better for you? Ultimately, it depends on your skill level and what you’re looking for in a sport. But no matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Thanks for reading!
What’s your favorite board sport? Let us know in the comments below.
Until next time, happy shredding. Have fun out there, and stay safe!