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Freestyle Scooter Tricks That Win

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by Pulse

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Freestyle scootering is one of the fastest growing and most exciting sports to have emerged over the last several years. The sport of freestyle scootering is one that is enjoyed by riders of all ages: from young teens to grown adults, and is exhilarating to many because of the many fun and impressive tricks that can be performed while riding.

Here are some of the hottest and most winning scooter tricks taking the freestyle world by storm. It should be noted that these are tricks done by professional scooter riders and should not be attempted by riders who are not adequately prepared.

Double Back Flip

In a double back flip, a rider catches air, usually by riding off the lip of a large ramp or half pipe. While in the air, they engage in two full backwards three hundred and sixty degree turns before sticking a landing.

The double back flip is a very challenging trick for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that a rider must maintain perfect form and control of their scooter while airborne. It is also very important that enough speed and momentum is achieved so that both revolutions can be completed before the rider lands.

21 Stairs

Made popular by a widely published youtube video featuring a number of scooter riders, 21 stairs is a scooter trick that uses park terrain to its fullest. In it, a rider begins to gain momentum several yards away from a set of stairs and then lifts off at the top of the staircase.

While in the air, two turns are done while maintaining enough forward velocity to effectively clear the entire staircase. Finally, at the bottom of the staircase, the scooterer sticks his or her landing, or, at least, ideally they do.

Modified Ollie

Originally a skateboarding trick, and ollie describes a trick wherein a rider leaps off of a surface and becomes airborne with his or her board without the use of their hands. This trick can be somewhat modified in freestyle scootering where a rider uses part of their terrain to gain enough air to lift off completely and then remain airborne with using hands to stay on his or her scooter.

Safety is Always Important, No Matter What Level a Scooterer is At

When trying a new trick or practicing a tried and true go to, it is important for scooter riders of all levels to remember the importance of safety. Even the most experienced of riders take falls from time to time, and the high speeds that scooter rides occur at can lead to severe injuries if a rider is not wearing proper safety equipment.

All freestyle riders attempting tricks of any kind should wear helmets, wrist guards, and knee guards to help protect the head and vulnerable joints.

When Learning  New Tricks, Work Up to Challenging Tricks By Starting With Basic Moves

Many scooter tricks are quite challenging and difficult to master, which is why no freestyle rider has ever started by learning the most challenging trick possible. The best way to gain proficiency in learning tricks is to start with a foundation of mastering the basics. Before a rider can hope to learn back flips, they should make sure that they can successfully clear a ramp and stick the landing.

Skills like this can be practiced almost anywhere, and new riders should not be discouraged by taking spills. It takes time to master the art of almost any trick, and those who are successful continually work at it day in and day out until they have mastered the trick they set out to learn.

Scoot Fest 2014 Approaches!

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Pulse

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The weather is getting warmer, which means that summer is just around the corner, which is great news for many scooter enthusiasts. Not only are the warm months of summer the perfect time to spend some time outdoors riding, August brings about the biggest event in the sport of scootering:  Scootfest!

Scootfest 2014 Poised to Take the UK By Storm

Scootfest is the world’s largest scooter festival, and it is an international event that provides an arena for both watching and participating in some of the most fast paced, daring, and adventurous scootering events imaginable.

At Scootfest, fifty of the world’s best scooterers will show off their chops as scooter enthusiasts from all over the world travel in to take in all of the sites available to them. The festival will be held, for the second year in a row at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, located in the beautiful West Midlands of England.

A Festival For Both Top Notch Riders and Amateurs

Scootfest is a unique and exciting event for scooter enthusiasts at all levels because it offers something for everyone. A gathering of the fifty best riders from all over the world who have ranked at competitions such as Scoot Sport Great Britain, will compete for the ISA World Championship title in a number of exciting competitions that are incredibly exhilarating to watch.

Those who are less experienced, from total novices to scooterers who are still honing their craft will have ample opportunity to ride in plenty of different terrains as well, covering all of the main scootering set ups: parks, dirt, and pavement. There will be cash prizes for the top scooterers in each event. Last year’s cash prize for the top amataeur scooterer was $8,000 and many other riders received awards in the form of scooters and scooter related materials.

Entertainment An Important Part Of Scootfest

Embracing the scootering lifestyle means understanding the importance of community and having a good time with fellow riders and enthusiasts. As part of the Scootfest festivities, bands will play and provide live concerts for all those in attendance. Last year’s performers included dance music sensation Shy FX and dubstep duo Killsonik.

Both acts featured upbeat dance music that kept festival goers moving day in and day out. The upbeat sounds of Shy FX certainly proved to match the adrenaline infused tone of Scootfest in 2013, and though the musical act for 2014 has yet to be announced, it seems clear that the party will continue well into the night.

The Rapid Growth of Scootering as a Sport

The success of Scootfest and the strong enthusiasm that surrounds it are echoes of a larger, worldwide trend toward scooter riding. There are a number of reasons why scootering is currently one of the fastest growing sports around the entire globe. Scootering is a sport that can be enjoyed by athletes of all ages.

Younger riders may be quite adept at picking up scootering skills, and many civic planners have taken heed and begun to create spaces in cities where riders can practice tricks on scooters, or, in some cases, ride side by side with skate boarders. Scootering is a very accessible sport, as it requires little equipment.

Because scootering has recently emerged as an exciting freestyle extreme sport, it is a sport in which boundaries are constantly being pushed. New stars are continuing to emerge, and the types of tricks being performed are constantly becoming more and more awe inspiring. Festivals like Scootfest are an important part of this unique community and the ways in which it can continue to grow and evolve.

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Toronto Council Votes To Allow Electric Scooters In Bike Lanes

Posted on: March 8th, 2014 by Pulse

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The city of Toronto will now have a few different types of bicycles in its bike lanes, which have long been a favored mode of transportation for a number of Toronto citizens. In a recent vote by the Toronto city council, it was decided that e-bikes, or motorized bicycles would be allowed to use bike lanes and prohibited from driving in the streets.

This marks a shift from previous policy, which mandated that drivers of electric bikes share the road with motorists, a guideline that many electric cyclists opposed.

Many E-Bike Riders Support the Decision

Many of Toronto’s e-bike and electric scooter riders were happy with the city council’s decision to allow e-bikes into the bike lane because they believe that said lanes are a more appropriate method of travel than traditional street lanes, where e-bikes were formerly in traffic with motorists operating full sized vehicles.

A 2013 study in Toronto found that half of all e-bikers living in the city believed that the bike lane was the best option for their riding needs. Some riders of traditional bikes disagree that the decision is wise, and contend that since e-bikes are larger, heavier, and faster than traditional bikes, they belong in the regular traffic lane.

Toronto Not the First CIty to Adopt This Policy

Toronto’s recent legislation to allow e-bikes into bike lanes is not revolutionary when it comes to civic legislation around the use of electric bikes in the bike lanes. The Canadian cities of Ottawa and Mississauga already have guidelines in place that allow for e-bike usage.

In general, legislation around cycling and its various forms is a fairly commonly discussed issue because of the fact that cycling and outdoor activities play such a large part in the Canadian lifestyle. Canada, which is often noted for its strong environmental record and beautiful natural terrain, boasts a number of citizens who take advantage of the Canadian outdoors by cycling or riding to work or school.

E-Bikes Growing in Popularity

Electric bikes seem to be growing in popularity in Canada as well as across the continental United States and Europe, as many environmentally and financially conscious consumers search for ways in which they can cut fuel costs while reducing their environmental impact.

This is certainly good news for many major cities, who could ostensibly see their pollution levels and traffic reduced as more and more commuters switch to modes of transportation other than cars.

A Need to Reimagine Transportation Plans

The recent Toronto decision may have done more than just change the way in which e-bikers commute. It may have also shed light on what could continue to be a very important issue for city governments everywhere. As more citizens shift to alternative modes of transportation, planning may have to be done to accommodate for different types of riders.

Some of the traditional cyclists in Toronto, for example, are opposed to the introduction of electric bikes into their riding space, but there remains to be an alternative solution presented that gives cyclists of all types the options they need. Some planners have begun to look into the implementation of dual bike lanes, which would allow for e-bikes and more fast moving cyclists in one lane, and traditional bikes in another. This would allow for all cyclists to ride free of auto traffic, but may not be feasible without major re planning of city roads.

For now, the city government in Toronto hopes that it has reached a decision that will help all cyclists continue to ride and that will encourage more commuters and recreational riders to view the city from behind handlebars.

Top Freestyle Scooter Riders

Posted on: March 1st, 2014 by Pulse

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In the world of freestyle and extreme sports, it seems that new trends and ways to seek thrills and show off skills are constantly emerging. Often, these trends emerge when athletes find new and exciting ways to move about. This was certainly the case with the advent of professional skating, as well as surfing and BMX riding.

It seems that the latest sport to enjoy growing popularity and respect in the athletic community is freestyle scootering. Freestyle scootering is a rapidly expanding sport that riders are gaining interest in by the drones, possibly because of the fact that it is a very accessible sport that combines some of the best that sports like skating and BMX have to offer. Who, then, are the stars of this new and emerging sport?

Ryan Williams

After rising to fame as one of the star’s of the MTV show “Nitro Circus,” Williams has cemented his place as one of the most well known and respected riders in the sport. Known for his daring and inventive tricks. Williams, who often goes by the nickname “Mr. World’s First,” and “The Daredevil,” is a regular on the many national tours that the Nitro Circus embarks on.

In addition to featuring Williams and his incredible scootering skills, the Nitro Circus Tour features extreme athletes from all walks of life, taking part in jaw dropping and awe inspiring stunts like those never been seen before.

Mike Montgomery

A rider for Lucky Pro, Montgomery is known for his ability to perform incredible tricks on every day areas, such as staircases or railways, or other urban settings that may previously have been reserved for skateboarders. Montgomery’s style is flashy and constantly groundbreaking, and he combines the air time commonly found in big air BMX events with the impressive dexterity and agility of a pro skater.

Montgomery’s videos are among the most popular in the scootering community, and he remains one of the sport’s most highly respected athletes.

Dakota Schuetz

Like many of his scootering contemporaries, Dakota has risen to incredible scootering fame by releasing wildly popular scootering content online. Something of a youtube celebrity, Dakota has enjoyed a huge fan base because of the impressive skills that he brings to the sport of scooter riding.

Dakota tends to rank very highly in competitions, a fact that may very well be attributed to his excellent ability to work as a technical rider and to land even very challenging moves on a regular basis.

An Exciting Time For Freestyle Scootering

As the athletic field of freestyle scootering continues to grow in both depth and popularity, more and more breakout stars are continuing to emerge. The use of the internet has proved highly effective in allowing the work of some of the sport’s brightest athletes to shine.

The success of tours like the Nitro Circus Tour has shown that there is a huge audience and demand for exciting sports like freestyle scootering, and as the audience grows, so will the number of opportunities available to take in live scootering events across the country.

Freestyle Scootering And The X Games

One sign that the stars of freestyle scootering are headed towards even greater success is that the sport my very well be headed for the X Games soon. Many extreme sports enthusiasts have been clamoring to have scootering events included at the X Games, and for the past two years, scooter riders have had a significant presence there in demo areas.

Many of the stars of scootering are looking forward to a long and interesting career in the latest of the extreme and freestyle sports.