For anyone who hasn’t heard of Ryan Williams, a quick internet search will reveal who he is. But don’t expect to find a lot of written articles about the young scooter rider, it’s the videos that speak for themselves. Williams’ daring, innovative style of riding is what has gained him numbers of fans worldwide.
At the age of 15 the Australian began riding professionally and has not slowed down ever since. Now 19 years old, Williams continues to tour the world performing jaw dropping tricks, including his signature move “the silly willy”.
Scooters In The Future
What does this all mean for freestyle scooter riding? The future looks bright for kids who love to ride and the professional riders looking for more recognition. It’s an exciting time for freestyle scooter riders because history is currently being made.
Skate parks, competitions, and other events centered around the sport are popping up all over the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Not only is the sport spreading rapidly across the world, it’s also getting the attention of other athletes.
The great thing about scooter riding is that it’s so accessible and unpretentious. It’s a sport that has learned from the examples of skateboarders and BMX bikers of the past, and made something new and unique.
The Basics Of Scooter Riding
Tricks can be performed on a variety of surfaces, including:
Skateparks, the most common location for freestyle riders gives access to a variety of structures to let creativity go when it comes to performing tricks. Scooters can handle a variety of surfaces in the skatepark, including various ramps, rails, and boxes.
Riders in skateparks are free to express their individual styles, whether it’s a combination of tricks or a more traditional way of riding. It’s also a safe place for beginning riders to discover their style and enhance their abilities.
Street surfaces are the most convenient for riders who don’t live near a skatepark or who enjoy a more challenging environment. Stairs, ledges, bumps, and gaps are to found around every corner providing new possibilities at every turn.
Some riders are strictly street-based, saying they enjoy the unpredictability and freedom that type of environment brings to their style. For those who enjoy an environment with no rules or pressure to compete with other riders. Street riding encompasses a whole lifestyle that includes fashion, social scenes, and partying. Street only riders are generally older and more experienced.
Flat surfaces can mean several things – a parking lot, driveway, or tennis court. There is also the option to participate in dirt riding which is exactly what it sounds like – riding on rough, slightly hilly terrain. It’s the newest form of riding that is sure to continue growing in popularity. Flat riding is good for combinations of tricks and transitions, and tricks that are usually reserved for ramps.
The state of professional scooter riding is only getting bigger and better. Like any sport, people are pushing the limits to points where people could have never imagined getting. As time goes on, the tricks and the progression are going to get bigger and better.
David Jones is a Product Designer for Pulse Performance Products. He creates products to push the envelope of what is being done on scooters. He enjoys making things possible by including the improbable in his designs.