UAE: Pandemic boredom inspires young people in Abu Dhabi to take up skateboarding – News
A growing number of young skateboarders often gather in parks to train with friends
Skateboarding is starting to pick up speed in Abu Dhabi, with many youngsters seen riding skateboards in various fields enjoying the sport.
The skateboarding trend in the capital of the United Arab Emirates began following the boredom of the Covid-19 lockdown, but it quickly swept through many parts of the city as one of the most vibrant.
Now an Olympic sport, runners stand on a flat board, usually made of wood, with four rollers attached underneath to showcase their skills or move around.
The skateboard has three main parts: the deck, the trucks and the wheels. The deck is the actual board that the riders stand on, and the wheels are what help to move, and the trucks connect the wheels to the deck.
In Abu Dhabi, there are a variety of places to skateboard, especially in parks and other areas, which are attracting an increasing number of skateboarders. They include Sheikha Fatima Park, Al Faya Park, Al Reem Park, Hudayriyat Island Circuit x (which requires a ticket to enter), West Yas Park, Yas South Park, and Corniche Family Urban Park. The dedicated Corniche cycle path is also smooth and even, perfect for cyclists, skaters and scooters.
These free skateboarding spots provide an arena from sunrise to sunset, allowing young people to come together and practice skating safely while encouraging psychosocial well-being and community spirit.
One of the missions of Circuit X in Hudayriyat Island is to help develop the sport of skateboarding in Abu Dhabi by allowing skateboarders to have a place to go and for it to be a place where people who share the same ideas can come together.
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Sixteen-year-old Filipino Luis Rogas says he’s passionate about the sport and tries to learn everything about skateboarding.
“I love skateboarding and I always go out every night to practice and enjoy the sport. Sometimes we skate in groups with friends,” said Rogas, who skateboards at Formal Park and Abu Dhabi Corniche. .
The 11th grade student at a private school in Abu Dhabi says a friend of his at school encouraged him to buy a skateboard and try it out because it was fun.
Luis Arkin, a 13-year-old seventh grader, says he skateboarded on the Abu Dhabi Corniche with friends.
“We come here from 5 to 8 p.m. to skate for fun. I learned new skating techniques, which helps me avoid accidents while boosting my confidence,” says the Filipino student adding that he can also perform tricks on the board.
“I am happy that skateboarding is now an Olympic sport, and I think many young people will continue to practice this sport.”
Luis Rogas and Luis Arkin
Demand for skateboards surged during Covid-19 lockdown boredom
Yusuf Al Mullah, salesman at the Corner Stars Sports store in Abu Dhabi, says demand for skateboards and roller skates started to increase during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, as many sports facilities had been closed by precautionary measure to control the spread of Covid -19.
“When the Covid-19 restrictions were at their peak, a large number of young people resorted to skateboarding for fun because many sporting activities that bring many people together were restricted and some facilities closed,” he said. declared,
“During this period, the demand for skateboards was so high during this period. Currently, we are getting many parents asking for roller skates, especially for children under 13, compared to skateboards. “
Another vendor, Arafat Islam of Sports Pool Shop says they get five to ten customers asking for skateboards every week.
“There is no doubt that the sport of skateboarding is growing in Abu Dhabi. However, the demand for skateboards has declined slightly this year compared to the past two years due to the emergence of electric scooters,” he said. .
Islam explained that the price of regular skateboards ranges from Dh50 to Dh500 depending on size and brand. For roller stakes, prices start from Dh120.