Usually considered an American leisure activity, skateboarding is slowly becoming popular in India. Nick Smith, an avid skateboarder from Bangalore along with his gliding partners Aaron Revel and Niall Birnie from UK recently visited the city as part of their world tour to promote the sport. “Just the amount of people who turned up at the event on Carter Road shows that it is becoming popular in India,” says Revel.
Though the roads in Mumbai may not be the perfect landscape for skating, Birnie is convinced that people will adopt the sport as an alternative exercise. “Kids and adults skate to stay fit and have fun. I’ve been skateboarding for about eight years and it has kept me in shape,” says the 20-year-old, who will now travel to Thail-and, Bali and Germany. Birnie will also be shooting a documentary on skateboarding shortly.
Fellow skateboarder Smith has made India his home, becoming instrumental in building what is touted as India’s only skate park in Bangalore. In association with Quiksilver, which is responsible for bringing the professionals to the country, Smith hopes to continue to promote the sport.