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10 Best Skateboarding Apps

If you’re a skater, you’ve probably got a smartphone, and the typical apps installed: Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat… all the usual apps for skating are great. But to get the very most out of each skate session, we’re bringing you the best ten skateboarding apps you’ve never heard of! From games to tracking apps, to education to skate spot locators, it’s all here! All of these apps are available for both apple and android devices; some are free, and others charge a minimal fee. Let’s get going!

Skatespots

First things first – you’ve got to know where you’re headed to shred. Everyone has their favorite spots, but this app uses crowdsourcing to share the skate knowledge with everyone! As a user, you can view and add geo-tagged skating locations – everything from skate parks to a rad curb you love can be shared with all of the apps users. Skatespots is super helpful especially when you’re traveling, or have moved to a new place. Instant skater knowledge at your fingertips! For best results, use the map feature to zoom in to your desired area, hit “reload” and watch the locations populate in front of your eyes. Don’t forget to add your favorite spots to the app so that other users can find and enjoy them too!

 

Shreddit: Skateboarding

Another way to find a sick skate locale is to use Shreddit, the skaters' version of Facebook. While it’s not as intuitive when it comes to locating potential skate spots (if that’s your only use for an app, go with Skatespots), but it gets the job done. Plus it’s a killer online gathering community for all things skateboarding. You can follow skater friends and celebrities, plus watch skateboarding tutorials and lessons if you’re trying to master that next trick. This app covers a board spectrum of needs for every skateboarder, plus it’s just fun to hang with your online crew.

Riders Skateboarding

If you’re looking to learn or perfect you trick skateboarding game, this is a must-have app. Covering a broad swath of extreme sports (skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, etc.), make sure you download the app specifically for skateboarding when you’re getting started. You’ll be able to view instructional narrated video lessons, watch user clips of others performing the trick, and eventually upload your video once you have something to share. And if you’re new to skate speak, hit up the dictionary function – it’ll keep you up to date on all the must-know lingo, bro.

Skatematic Skateboard Videos

While we’re on the subject of videos, check out this app that has anything and everything related to skateboarding in video format. It lets you watch any of the videos from skatematic.com. You’ll never again be without your inspiration from Thrasher, Transworld, Huf, and many more! It’s like Hellaclips in app form; unlimited access to any skateboarding video at any time. Sick.

 

Ride

With Electric skateboarding quickly growing in popularity, the Ride app has burst onto the scene at the perfect time. Allowing you to connect your Eskateboard to your mobile device wirelessly, you can now track you ride! Taking down every detail from route to speed, Ride will give you all the data you could ever need and more. You can share your rides with other users and track your progress over time. It’s an incredible tool for growth in the sport, but also fun when you just want to kick it and fly down the pavement.

Skate Dice

If trick skating is more your jam, enter SkateDice. The four spinners (think slot machine style) will randomly select tricks for you to perform. If you think you’ve mastered it all – think again! SkateDice will keep you on your toes with new trick combos as often as you tap your finger. The four spinners represent stance, frontside/backside, spin, and kickflip/heelflip. Each combo of four is challenging and fun to attempt. If you’re looking for a rad Saturday at the skatepark, look no further! And if you’re into the game of S.K.A.T.E., adding this to your game would be…a game changer (see what we did there?)! Try rolling different combos and see who gets to S.K.A.T.E. first!

Quik

Often people assume that you need expensive and complicated software to edit photos and videos – not true! Quick is an example of an easy to learn, easy to use, and low-cost video editor that no skater should be without. It can take raw GoPro footage and turn it into professional looking content in minutes. If you want to level up your Instagram or YouTube game, you NEED this. While it might not have every single option that the expensive software would, it does have all the tools you need to make your vids look rad, and you can do it all from your mobile device!

Colorstory

Similar to Quik, Colorstory is like photoshop light for your mobile phone. The worst picture can come out looking magazine-quality in seconds. All of the standard photo editing features are here and more. The one-touch curve editor alone is outstanding. Plus it comes preloaded with piles of amazing filters, and the ability to choose their intensity. Ever sat on Instagram trying to make your shot look sick and thought of a tool you’d love to have? It’s in this app, we promise. No pro photography skills needed – snap a pick, and a few clicks later it’s looking like skateboarding gold.

Skate Nerd

So you're into gaming? While this app won’t have you digitally skateboarding in dream locations (but keep reading, we’ve got you covered there!), you will grow your nerd quotient for skate knowledge! Like the Jeopardy of skateboarding, this app has trivia from the entirety of skateboard history. If you’re new to the sport and looking to learn, or an old pro who thinks he knows it all, try it out and test your skills. How many levels can you master?

 

Touchgrind Skate 2

We have to have a mobile skateboarding game, and this is far and away the very best. The game is fingerboard based, and you control the board by tapping and sliding your fingers across the screen. You can skate in a variety of dream locations and compete against yourself, the computer, and other users. And don’t worry about the hokey computer game music – you can play your own iTunes, Pandora station or Spotify playlist while you digitally shred.

While there are tons of apps for skateboarders out there, these are our top pics for quality and usefulness. We hope they take you to places you’ve never been and help you master the trick you’ve been after for ages. So what are you waiting for? Download an app and get out there!


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Ultimate Skateboard Games: Classic Video Games

Welcome to our new, uber-comprehensive, and ultra-legit series! We're  taking you along on a journey of skateboarding games: from classic video games, to free online games, to the game of S.K.A.T.E. and much much more. We can't wait to get started by spending today telling you all about our favorite classic skateboarding video games. Most of these games require older (read: AWESOME) gaming systems, so we’ve linked those for you here: XBox, Xbox360, XBoxONE, PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PS4, N64, Gameboy Advance. Now, without further ado, Let’s get roillin’!

Did you know that skateboarding video games are almost as old as the very concept of gaming on screen? With the invention of Atari in the early 1970s came a whole industry devoted to creating photorealistic and lifelike adventures that could be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. By 1985 the first skateboard had appeared on a gaming screen, and since then, demand has been ever-growing. Today we’re outlining our favorite classic skateboarding video games starting with our number one favorite…


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)


While this is the third game in the ever-popular Tony Hawk series, it’s arguably the most beloved skateboarding video game by both skaters and gamers alike. The ranking website, Metacritic, still has it ranked as one of the best video games EVER across every genre. The ease of gameplay is a huge draw.

It’s arcade-like at all levels, allowing you to execute incredible tricks (900, anyone?) with simple button combos. The game is at times absurd/totally awesome, allowing you to choose a Jedi Knight as your skater, for example. But with the ability to string endless tricks, grinds, and vertical jumps together, it makes for a seriously good time. Its fun graphics, fantastic soundtrack, and user-friendliness make this our number one top pick, for sure. 
*Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is available for PS2, PS3, Xbox, N64, & GameboyAdvance*


SKATE (2007)


SKATE aimed to take Tony Hawk’s simple skating world and make it more realistic. With the use of left and right joysticks, your thumbs would need to mimic the moves of your feet to accomplish each trick. No longer was skateboarding just a fun arcade game. SKATE took things to a new level, requiring more skill, and enveloping you in a free-form skateboarding world.

Unlike Tony Hawk’s games, these “levels,” aren’t task-specific. Entire landscapes exist just to allow your creativity to flow - how to skate them is entirely up to you. Want to master a 360 flip? Great! Want to cruise and check out the scenery? That’s fine too. SKATE earns our number two spot for creating a more realistic skateboarding video game that still pleases gamers and skaters to this day.

*SKATE is available for XBox360 and PS3*

Tony Hawk’s Underground (2003)


Here, epic storytelling comes to skateboarding video games. The premise of the game is crazy attractive: you’re a humble but skilled street skater with the chance to prove yourself and eventually go pro. What’s not to love? You can customize your skater to resemble yourself for the first time (who doesn't love a good sim?), and the settings for the levels range from parking garages to incredible fantasy sites like Area 51 – so cool!

The storyline and the personality of the game pull you in super quickly. So many people credit this game as the reason they started skating in the first place, and we don’t blame them! The graphics, music and story make you feel like you really COULD be a pro skater, so why not go outside and try?


*Tony Hawk's Underground is available for PS2, XBox, and GameboyAdvance*

THRASHER: Skate & Destroy (1999)


The oldest game of the bunch, Thrasher debuted in the previous MILLENIUM. But it is way worthy of a mention. Thrasher had a bit of bad luck with this game, hitting the market at almost the same time as the debut of the Tony Hawk series. Nevertheless, it has gained a cult following, and we get why! This game is complicated; tricks seem as challenging to learn in the game as they are in real life.

Your goal is to progress from a street skater to a pro who graces the cover of Thrasher magazine, but the gaming skills required to achieve that is intense. The game is scored based on how technically perfect your tricks appear (much like how Olympians are scored today), and the bigger the air, the bigger the points. While this game isn’t easy to play, it is ADDICTIVE, and the perfectionist in all of us longs to land that perfect 1080 kickflip.

*Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is available for Playstation*

OLLI OLLI (2014)


Fast forward to 2014: it has been ages since a decent skating game has hit the market and mobile devices are now so pervasive that people have all but stepped away from gaming systems. Enter, Olli Olli. This game is deceptively simple. Its constant scrolling background means your skater has no choice but to move forward at all times.

The repertoire of tricks is shockingly small compared to many of the other games, but it’s increasing levels of difficulty make it incredibly hard to master, even in its simplicity. OlliOlli was also a groundbreaker in that it was the first skateboarding game to have mass appeal AND function on both Android and IOS devices, meaning that skateboarding games were now as mobile as skateboards themselves!

*OlliOlli is available for Android and IOS, as well as PS4 and XBoxONE*

OLLI OLLI 2: Welcome to Olliwood (2015)


The original OlliOlli was groundbreaking, and the remake certainly did not disappoint. While the actual structure of the game didn’t change much between the two versions (still a 2D scrolling game that is deceptively punishing), the look of the new edition was genuinely incredible.

The backgrounds (many of which are pulled from famous movie sets) are incredibly done – truly artistic in their own right. The newer look and design of the game was enough to fully set it apart in players minds as a separate entity from the first version - a mammoth accomplishment. OlliOlli 2 will keep you coming back for more and more punishment, with hopefully more success as well.

*OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood is available for Android and IOS, as well as PS4*


These are our top picks for classic skateboarding video games – we keep coming back for the thrills time and time again. Do you agree with these picks? Did we miss your favorite one? Let us know on Instagram @BoardBlazers!
 

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