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2024 Olympics May Boast 'More Artistic' New Sport

IOC appears to be on board for break-dancing

(Newser) - Break-dancing might just become an Olympic sport. Organizers of the 2024 Games in Paris have put forth their suggestions for four sports to be added to the current roster of 28, with breakdancing listed alongside surfing, climbing, and skateboarding. The latter three sports are already confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but... More »

Pro Skateboarder and Model Dylan Rieder Dead at 28

'One of the best'

(Newser) - The skateboarding world is mourning the loss of 28-year-old Dylan Rieder, who died of leukemia on Wednesday. Rieder grew up in Westminster, Calif., and began skating at age 9, reports People . He went pro for Alien Workshop at age 18 before nabbing sponsorships with Birdhouse, Osiris, and Quiksilver. "A... More »

Teen Killed After Strapping Rocket to Skateboard

The homemade rocket exploded

(Newser) - Authorities say two Southern California high school students attached a homemade model rocket to a skateboard before it exploded and killed one of the teens. The blast Monday evening in the courtyard of a Ventura County elementary school killed 18-year-old Bernard Moon, the AP reports. His 17-year-old friend was injured... More »

Shutdown Turns DC Into Giant Skatepark

Empty plazas and no cops create perfect conditions for skaters

(Newser) - At least one group is benefiting from the federal shutdown: skaters. The capital's stone benches and strong railings make for perfect skating obstacles, but are usually off-limits. But with buildings and plazas empty in Washington, DC, no one is around to police them, and the skaters are moving in,... More »

LA Cracks Down on Unsafe Skateboarding

Crouching 'bombers' to be fined $250

(Newser) - Los Angeles is clamping down on unsafe skateboarding by coming up with clearer definitions of what counts as dangerous. Under new City Council regulations, high-speed downhill runs known as "bombing" will still be allowed, but skaters will be required to be upright instead of crouching, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Skateboarder 'Jumped by Blacks' Actually Hit a Wall

Rene Betancourt remains 'cloudy' about the incident

(Newser) - An avid skateboarder who said "four to five unknown black males" mugged him in a parking lot actually hurt himself while skateboarding, the Miami Herald reports. Rene Betancourt, 22, broke his skull and was hospitalized for two weeks while detectives searched for his assailants. In the end they found... More »

LA Wants Speed Limit ... for Skateboarders

New rules could let police impound boards

(Newser) - Skateboarders in Los Angeles may soon have to obey traffic regulations—including a 25mph speed limit. The city council voted unanimously to draft rules against "unsafe" skateboarding, the Los Angeles Times reports. Councilman Joe Buscaino, who launched the proceedings, said he wanted to stop skateboard "bombing," during... More »

Mishap Leaves Anderson Guest in Coma

Cooper 'distraught' after producer prods teen into 'crazy stuff'

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper's evening persona would not be pleased with his daytime self. Seems a teenager is in a coma after an Anderson producer coaxed the boy into careless behavior for an episode on the "teenage mind," Gawker reports. A source says the producer "encouraged [the] kid... More »

Woman, 83, Killed in Collision With Skateboarder

Calif. police probing deadly accident

(Newser) - A 17-year-old skateboarder may face charges over the death of an 83-year-old pedestrian he ran into. Police in the seaside town of Capitola, Calif., say the teen was skateboarding downhill and passed a stop sign before slamming into the woman at up to 20mph. The teen has not yet been... More »

Skateboarding Icon Commits Suicide

Eric Swenson shot himself in front of SF police station

(Newser) - The skateboarding world is mourning a man who played a major role in creating the huge subculture that exists today, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Thrasher magazine co-founder Eric Swenson shot and killed himself in front of the Mission police station in San Francisco. Friends believe the 64-year-old could no... More »

Skateboarder Saves Koran From Torching

'I snuck up behind him and snatched it'

(Newser) - Sometimes all it takes to stop a debate over torching a Koran is a dude on a skateboard. Texas boarder Jacob Isom has become the latest YouTube folk hero after he rolled up and snatched a kerosene-soaked Koran before it could be set aflame in a local park by the... More »

Foreclosed Pools a Mecca for Skateboarders

Pool builders hard hit by housing crisis

(Newser) - Skateboarders in California are making the most of the mortgage crisis: they’re turning the swimming pools at foreclosed homes into skate parks. Tracking local foreclosures, one Fresno skater arrives at empty homes with a pump and buckets, drains the pools, and hops on his board, the New York Times ... More »

German Cops Hunt Autobahn Skater

Daredevil wanted for endangering motorists, speeding

(Newser) - German police are hunting for the anonymous daredevil who piloted a skateboard down a stretch of the autobahn at better than 60 mph, Der Spiegel reports. Police only recently got wind of the stunt, which has been making the YouTube rounds since June, but now want to find and charge... More »

Skateboarding Welcomes Back Dogtown Lord

Original Z-Boy is out of jail and looking to keep his life on track

(Newser) - Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams is slowly getting the wheels back on his life, the New York Times reports. Adams, whose '70s skateboarding career was immortalized in the movie Lords of Dogtown, is in a California halfway house for the final months of a 4-year sentence for his part in a... More »

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