Skateboarding is one of five new sports making their Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer, and we can’t wait to see some of the world’s best skaters show off their stuff! Setting up to see skateboarding for the first time can help you get a basic idea of how scoring works. Fortunately, it is not too difficult, even for beginners.
Although there are two separate types of skateboarding events, both have a fairly consistent scoring structure, with judges awarding points to skaters based on things like speed, creativity, difficulty, balance and stability, and other components. Before you get ready for this summer’s skateboard competition, here’s what you need to know about the two types of skateboarding you see and how each one scores.