As we wrap up our time in Rio following the mega vert ramp completion, we talk to Bob Burnquist about the future of skateboarding and his thoughts on the somewhat controversial addition of skateboarding to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
You’ve most likely heard the news that The International Olympic Committee announced five new sports to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Games, including skateboarding. Skateboarding has always been a counter-culture sport, so naturally all eyes are on how it will fare with the rules and restrictions of the Olympic Games.
“We have to get behind the fact that [skateboarding] is in the Olympics and make it the best it can be.” says Bob Burnquist. “It’s one of those things that will impact skateboarding, no matter what people think.”
Skateboarding in the Olympics is a sensitive subject for skateboarders for legitimate reasons, but now that skateboarding has solidified its spot as an Olympic sport, we want to make sure it is done right. Our goal is the same as Bob Burnquist’s and as a ramp surfacing material company, we want to ensure that skaters, skate brands, and those who build it are portrayed accurately.
We’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t like to see Skatelite on the ramps. Our material is trusted and used by the pros around the world and it’s a great way to get involved in a positive way. If skateboarding is Olympics bound, let’s make sure it’s done right.
We look forward to seeing how this development can be a positive for communities with growing skate cultures and how it could provide more opportunities for youth to get involved in skateboarding.
“It’s an opportunity for the new generation to go out there and skate” said Burnquist. “I think it’s also an opportunity to grow and use the argument to build more parks, skateboarding in schools, [etc.] Those are the things that make me support skateboarding in the Olympics.”
A big THANK YOU to Bob Burnquist and his team for including us in his mega vert ramp at the Madureira Skate Park! We couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved in such an influential project that will push Rio’s skateboarders to grow and thrive in the skate community. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Rio.