My name is Michael Brooke. I’ve been riding skateboards since 1975.
To give you a sense of how long ago that was, I started with clay wheels and Glen Campbell hit the charts with “Rhinestone Cowboy.” And oh yeah, punk rock hadn’t hit skateboarding yet!
Through a series of rather unique circumstance, I wound up publishing the world’s first longboard magazine in August of 1999. It was called “International Longboarder” (I know, truly super creative title!). But with the hindsight of almost 2 decades , I can look back and say that it was the beginning of an epic ride…and the ride has not stopped.
ESk8 culture matters for many of the same reasons that skateboard culture matters.
Freedom - you just pick up the board, open the door and GO
Creativity - you can do a ton of things with your board - and ESk8 allows you to tweak things beyond the actual act of riding…it’s like a freaking HOMEBREW computer club here!
It’s the future of transportation. Cars are a necessary evil in the city. Commuting by skateboard is awesome…but it’s not for everyone. Electric transport can bring in those who don’t want just a longboard. This is the same thing that happened when folks realized they didn’t need to do 40 stair ollies to enjoy skateboarding.
It’s kept the lights on in some skate shops. Let’s face it, skateshops are having tough times out there. On line sales dominate a lot of the business. Electric skateboards have been a godsend for certain skate shops.
It brings awareness to skateboarding…and creates new skaters. I bet there are some folks who move from electric to non-electric. Good for them. In the famous words of Bill Danforth, “It doesn’t matter what you are riding, as long as you are riding.”
Would love to get your thoughts