The Tokyo 2020 Olympics (actually run in 2021 due to the COVID-19 epidemic) introduced Skateboarding Freestyle and Park Riding into the event list for the first time. It reminded me to go back over some of the early championships run in Scotland and at UK and European level back in 1978-1980.
I was Competitions Secretary for some of these events and Secretary for the Scottish Skateboard Association at the time as well as a skateboarder in the Edinburgh University Skateboard Club. We were fortunate to have excellent park/bowl riding facilities in Glasgow at Kelvingrove Park (see this short movie from the time) and in Livingstone, both of which had enlightened and enthusiastically supportive Recreations & Parks departments. A few of the competition programmes and competition regulations used at that time are reproduced here.
- 1978 Scottish Skateboard Championships
- 1979 Scottish Skateboard Championships
- 1979 1st UK Open Skateboard Championships
- 1980 Scottish Skateboard Championships
- 1978 Scottish Skateboard Association Competition Rules
- 1978 Scottish Skateboard Association Proficiency/Skatepark Grading Scheme
- 1979 Scottish Skateboard Association Competition Rules
- SSA Badge and Competitor’s Registration Card
- SSA – Annual Reports 1977-78 and 1978-79
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Congratulations Telegram to 1st UK Open Skateboard Championships Organisers from Rolling Thunder Skatepark, London…
The 1979 revised competition regulations added extra details and appendices for Park/Bowl Riding and Freestyle competitions along with the naming of tricks and their degree of difficulty.
SSA – Annual Report 1978-79