argumentative synthesis on skateboarding

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Chris Archbold
Argumentative Synthesis
Prof. McKee
17 April 2013
Argumentative Synthesis on Skateboarding
Skateboarding is a sport that is uniquely different from all others. It doesn’t require a team competing for a common goal. There isn’t a legitimate system that judges how talented a skateboarder is. There is no league regulating how skateboarding should be done. Skateboarding is an individualistic sport that provides infinite potential for progression. There is no limit on the amount of tricks that can be learned or landed. With stair sets, handrails, ledges, and street obstacles everywhere, the world becomes a skateboarder’s playground. Unfortunately, there is a wide misperception about skateboarding that many people develop. This is usually due to ignorance or a lack of knowledge of its culture. Many people refer to skateboarders as people who vandalize public and private property. It is not uncommon for a skateboarder to be yelled at outrageously or be threatened to have law enforcement called on them. There are more vast amounts of basketball courts, swimming pools, football fields, or even tennis courts than there are skate parks. Skateboarders should be allowed to skate public property more freely without facing such harsh, unnecessary consequences.

Skateboarding has a long, evolving history behind it. It first evolved from surfboarding, which consisted of cruising ocean waves on a long board made out of wood. The early rise of skateboarding developed when surfboarders had a desire to surf sidewalks when ocean conditions weren’t favorable. This eventually led to the invention of the Skateboard. The board of a skateboard, the deck, was much smaller than the size of a surfboard. Skateboards made in the 1960’s were very thin, and consisted of large rubber wheels for cruising around in empty pools with steep, vertical surfaces. The technology of skateboard decks evolved into decks with diagonally slanted ends and concave borders....
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