Skateboarding has become an ever increasing craze for children of all ages. They're to be?
Skateboarding has become an ever increasing craze for children of all ages. They're to be seen everywhere on streets, footpaths and inclined surfaces in unusual places...even big drainpipes.
SYNOPSIS: The skateboard that is conquering the world's youth is just a small board mounted on four wheels. In West Germany the craze is just as strong as everywhere else with an estimated five million youngsters following the sport. But skateboarding can be dangerous for participants and by-standers alike.
The most common injuries are broken arms, and fractures of the wrist and clavicle. The University Clinic in Munich puts skateboarding in fifth place on the list of dangerous sports-after skiing, ice hockey and ball sports.
For this reason, skateboard clubs require their members to wear gloves, knee and elbow pads and crash helmets.
The one hundred best club skateboarders in Europe have just completed the European Championships in Mainz, West Germany.
Titles were awarded in such categories as high jump, free style and slalom-one of the most exciting events being the parallel slalom which demands skills and movements very similar to the alpine skiing event.
As well as the competitions-exhibitions were held displaying skill that can only come from long practice.
The world of gymnastics surfing-all in one at their feet.