As recognised by the International Scooter Federation (ISF), here are some of different freestyle scooter disciplines. The important thing to remember is to keep it fun, enjoy creating your path and be unique. Develop your own style!
Park riding is the most popular and well developed scooter discipline within the sport. A skatepark is the safest environment for all riders to experiment with tricks, progress and develop their style. Furthermore, it is also a great place for new riders to get involved in the sport as most skateparks provide beginner lessons to help give young riders some experience and safety knowledge before going solo.
Competitions are a massive part of park riding too. There are competitions happening around the world in any country that has a skatepark. Small local events to national and international level competitions, even large action sport events have also accepted scooter riders.
There are also national championships developing around the world. The sport also has the World Scooter Championship, which coordinates skatepark competitions around the world and provides a qualification system for riders to compete against each other to reach the world scooter final.
Street riders use structures such as stairs, ledges and handrails to ride. They can ride just about anywhere because they can be creative and use any obstacles for their tricks. Most skateparks have street sections and accommodate scooter riders. The competition scene is also growing with skateparks and action sport events hosting street competitions.
Scooter big air where the riders perform tricks after launching off large ramps. It is an extreme version of a slopestyle jump where riders can get huge air and perform massive complex tricks. The aim is to get some big air and distance, doing a big trick or combo of tricks, all while securing a clean landing. Big Air has proven to be extremely popular among pro and experienced riders. For safety reasons it’s certainly not for beginners.
X-Games do big air events for BMX. However, Nitro Circus have been supporting scooter riders by providing them the platform to compete on. Some skateparks have mega ramps such as Woodward and Clairemont Skatepark in the US. Riders like Ryan Williams and Richard Zelinka have even created their own mega ramps.
Big Air maybe for the brave and therefore has limited participation. However, it is one of the most exciting disciplines to watch and it’s no wonder the big shows attract huge crowds and TV coverage
Vert scooter riding is performed on a vert ramp or half pipe. It is where riders perform various tricks while being airborne or making use of the rail. Many skateparks have a vert ramp for riders to practice and vert riding is becoming increasingly more popular.
Flatland is another style of freestyle scooter riding. Most flatland riders like to group tricks together, making combos such as bar spins, tail whips, fakies, manuals, sliders, flips and more. This form of riding takes place on flat surfaces such as driveways, parking lots, skateparks or any smooth surface.
It is the most accessible discipline too. Many skateparks have areas for learning flat riding. However, the beauty of riding flat is that you can do it anywhere. It can be practiced anywhere, with friends or on your own. This discipline is for those that like being technical and are super creative.
Dirt riding is another discipline which adds an exciting dimension to the sport. Dirt riding is done on rough terrains, BMX courses and outside use, although can be used in a skatepark too. Dirt scooters are designed differently to normal stunt scooters, having bigger wheels and structure.
Snow scoot is probably one of the newest disciplines within scooter riding and another exciting dimension to the sport. Big comps are on the horizon.