Pro Scooter riders might not get much respect from their elder rivals in skateboarding and BMX, but they should. Watch this video by filmmaker Devin Graham, aka Devin Super Tramp, to see freestyle scooter at its insane best, and see if you agree (the real action begins 40 seconds in):
Scooters became the No. 1 outdoor ride-only toy for children in 2002 in the U.S., Australia and the U.K., according to its history on the International Scooter Association website. From there, the sport continued to evolve.
Essentially, freestyle scooter was born in 2006-07 when the first scooter with a fixed welded head that eliminated the weakness of the folding mechanism came onto the market. It led to bigger and better tricks, and a natural progression to contests and the International Scooter Championship.
Freestyle scooter riders can be found at skateparks performing incredible tricks, as you can see in the video. It might never grow as big as skateboarding or BMX, but freestyle scooter definitely has a place in action sports, perhaps under the “most insane tricks” category.