Although frequently mocked, the freestyle scootering market is seriously holding its own in skateparks across the globe. In Qatar, XTORK meets extremely passionate kid, Alex Nyte who wows us with unexpected tricks and stunts.
Scooters themselves are not a new invention. Wooden antiques have been found that easily date back 100 years, but turning the humble scooter from a toy into a sport was a far more recent affair. In 1996, Micro introduced folding scooters to the market. They turned into an international craze, providing a popular commuter tool in crowded cities such as Tokyo, as well as toys for kids. Their lightweight frames made them perfect for jumps, so it wasn’t long before extreme skaters started to use them for tricks. To fill the need for stronger scooters to withstand bigger stunts, the ‘pro’ scooter market was born, with a host of brands such as Madd Gear, Razor and Grit competing to provide the best models for the budding sport.
SCOOTER HANDLEBARS DO NOT FOLD ON STUNT MODELS. AGAIN, THE BEND PROVIDED A WEAK SPOT THAT WASN’T DESIRABLE, SO IT MADE SENSE TO MAKE HANDLEBARS FIXED AND ONE PIECE FOR STRENGTH.
Alongside the basic components that now define a reliable stunt scooter, there’s a host of accessories available, too. Stunt pegs, for example, are rarely sold with pre-built scooter setups, but are an essential part of the complete package. Attached to the axle bolts, they help the rider grind against smooth surfaces, as opposed to using the bottom of the deck itself (and potentially ruining it).
STUNT SCOOTERS HAVE BEEN ENGINEERED OVER TIME TO TAKE A BEATING AT THE SKATEPARK AND STILL LIVE TO TELL THE TALE.
With scooters invading every street, skatepark and school playground in the West, they are fast becoming one of the most popular extreme sports of the moment, even overturning firm favorites like skateboarding and BMXing. Not bad for a supposed “fad”, there’s really no telling how far scootering will go… But we’re predicting that it’s not nearly over yet.