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What is Free-line Skateboarding? How Did It Start?

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What is Free-line Skateboarding? How Did It Start?

These are freeline skates

These are freeline skates

These are freeline skates

These are freeline skates

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The skateboard has been around since the 50’s and 60’s, but it has always been the same thing. Two sets of wheels on one board. But as of 2003, a new from of skateboarding has emerged out of San Francisco. This somewhat new way of skateboarding is becoming more and more popular. Started by Ryan Farrelly, free line skating was originally designed for downhill skating, but more recently it has become more popular at skate parks and beyond.

Popular in China, free line skating is becoming more popular in the US. Many skateboarding brands have started to sponsor free line skaters as well. But as free line skating developed, companies started to focus only on free line skating. A popular company associated free line skateboards is JMKride. JMKride is a free line only brand, they also have a skate team that competes.

Free line skates are similar to roller skates, but they don’t strap onto your feet! They come in two pieces, each with grip tape and horizontal wheels. You ride them like you would ride a real skateboard, but without the “board” in between. You can gain momentum by moving your legs like you would on a rip stick. Popular brands of free line skates are JMKride and Freelines. Free line skating has also become a trend in Japan and China and other large Asian countries. Some skate parks are being remodeled for free line skating and many other skate parks have added free line features.

Many free line skate videos have come out in the last 5-6 years and many more have come out recently. If you want to see free line skaters rip on video, you can go to JMKride’s website, type “freeline skating” into your browser or you can check out Kumu films on youtube. Here’s a video I thought was sick…

Credit: Kumu Films

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