Scooter competitions are a great way to say healthy, develop new skills and progress within the sport. They are also fun, a place to meet other riders and get spotted if looking for a sponsor.
Riders challenge themselves against other riders, pushing the level of scooter riding and showcasing their skills and style. This is the best way to advance within the sport and make a name for yourself.
This is our guide to help scooter riders take those first steps into competitions.
It’s totally up to you what your goals are and why you’d want to compete. There is no right or wrong answer to this.
Some of the reasons include:
- test and develop your skills
- meet other like minded riders
- push limits
- become a pro or get sponsored
- win prize money or earn
- to compete on the world stage and at big events
- to create your own legacy
Whatever your reason, enjoy the journey, be safe and have fun!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
For park scooter competitions
- Only non-electrical push scooters are permitted
- No foldable mechanism
- No toy scooters
- No dirt scooters or scooters with more than 2 wheels
- Wheels are no greater than 135mm in size
- Scooters must be in good working order
Things to consider:
- You’re wearing appropriate shoes, such as trainers with a flat grippy sole
- Your scooter is in good working order, has bar ends and is not damaged
- Consider knee and elbow pads, and other safety equipment
- If your under 16 years old, you may need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian otherwise you might not be able to compete. Check the rules with the skatepark
The first thing you should do is get some scooter riding practice. Get down your local skatepark. Learn how to put a run together and become familiar with different ramps. Generally, get a little experience and build yourself up to your first competition.
It could be that you have a few hours practice and feel confident enough to head straight into a competition. It may be that you’d prefer to take several months or evens years before entering a scooter competition. However, the main thing is that you do it when you are ready and that you enter a competition at the level your happy with, such as beginners, junior or even pro.
Getting involved couldn’t be easier. Most skatepark host scooter competitions these days. So simply check out your nearest skatepark and a register for a competition. You can search for your local skatepark here.
ENTER THE RIGHT DIVISION
Once you’ve got some skatepark experience you should consider testing your skills against others of similar standards. You should enter at the level you think you are at. For example
BEGINNER: The beginner category is designed as an introduction into competitive scooter riding with the focus being on fun. Any rider that is sponsored or who has taken part in more than 3 competitions is not classed as a beginner. Beginners are recognised based on their level of riding or lack of competition experience and in some cases age groups
AMATEUR | INTERMEDIATE | JUNIOR: These categories are for riders that are not quite at a pro level of riding, or have limited competition experience but aren’t beginners anymore. These riders can be sponsored or unsponsored.
Depending on the number of participants in this category, competition organizers may divide the event in smaller sub-categories based on age, or skill level. For example, you’ll often see an amateur competition for certain age groups. Under 8’s, under 10’s, under 12’s etc etc. There is no formal international standardization for this and each competition may differ.
ISA has introduced a junior championship, which is for non-pro riders that are 16 and under.
PRO RIDER: The Pro category is based only on ability. No rider should be excluded just because they aren’t sponsored. For safety reasons the competition organizer has the right to remove any rider who they feel is not good enough to compete at pro level. Riders and parents are advised to check with the competition organiser regarding any minimum age restrictions. Any rider entering the Pro category must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be a brand and sponsored rider.
- Registered as pro or top level with the ISA or their national association.
- Has proven pro competition experience and is known to officials.
- Has proof of placing in the top 3 of more than 3 Intermediate comps.
- Is good enough to compete and the officials are happy for the rider to do so.
NOTE: Any rider that has ridden in the Pro category can’t then ride in a lesser category at a later date in any ISA recognized
There are many different types of competitions and different formats for each. However, for the purpose of this guide we are discussing park scooter comps.
Beginner comps will differ as there is no standardized beginner competition format. These comps are purely about having fun and are down to the organizers.
Amateur / Intermediate / Pro comps
These competitions will consist of a timed run.
- Each rider has 2 x individually timed runs. The competition organizer will decide a timelimit between 45 to 90 seconds – depending on the size or layout of the skatepark more or less time may be appropriate. All riders have the same time and the organizer will announce this prior to the competition starting.
- All riders wishing to compete must have completed their 1st run before the 2nd runs begin.
- The riders best score of the 2 runs will decide their final position. Should 2 or more riders have the same score then their 2nd run will determine which rider is placed higher.
Some organizer may opt to have a final. This would be the top 10, 12 or 15 riders from the above heats. Those riders would then get another run (or two) later that day or weekend. The ISA do this for the world scooter championships.
The sport is really diverse with many different types of riding such as park, street and big air to name a few. There are also many comps and events for each. Local skatepark comps, inter clubs, national championships and the world scooter championships.
Scooters are also part of big action sport events too, like Nitro, FISE and Extreme Barcelona. There really are endless possibilities for scooter riders these days and taking your first step is where it all begins.
To get to these big events like JonMarco Gaydos, Jordan Clark and Ryan Williams, you’ll need to practice and compete. All these riders started off at the beginning and have created their own journeys.
Our recommendation is to simply have fun and to keep safe. You don’t have to compete if you don’t want to. It is your choice!
Start by riding at skateparks and try competing against yourself by trying to perfect or learn new tricks each week. Then, work up to competing against others when you’re ready. Taking part in competitions is one of the best ways to improve.
If you are completely new to the sport, then the best thing to do is head down to your local skatepark and have some coaching, or do a beginners lesson.