Brazilian pro skateboarder Luan Olivera performs a switch 360 flip at the Maloof Cup, a skateboarding competition in South Africa.
Can skateboarding – with its anti-establishment ethos and emphasis on individuality – mesh with the corporatized Olympics?
More action sports will be on the Olympic bill in Tokyo with skateboarding, surfing and climbing added to the programme.
Some are sceptical about the sport's involvement in the Olympics – but skateboarding has long proven capable of coping with corporate interest.
Skateboarding is an increasingly popular activity.
A man skateboards in Moscow. Maxim Shemetov
Skateboarders are being driven from Melbourne's Lincoln Square after community complaints. But skaters are citizens too, and with obesity on the rise, their activities should be encouraged.
The IOC is seeking to address the problem of an ageing audience with the inclusion of more youth-focused action sports in the Olympics.
The Japanese Olympic Committee recently announced five new sports for possible inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics: baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.
Skaters bring culture and creativity to places others avoid.
Skate scenes are social, creative, and can make urban living better for everyone.