Karl Watson doesn't have too much knowledge about motorized longboarding, but he is a popular skateboarder and director. Now, he can add celebrated children's author to his list.
Watson, who is now 40 years old, has been skateboarding for decades. He gained popularity in the 1990s by having terrific skating skills and always donning a big smile. Watson, alongside cartoonist Henry Jones, just created My First Skateboard to inspire a new generation of diverse little skaters.
Though skateboarding has largely been dominated by males, as 77.1% of all skaters are male, plenty of female skaters have broken into the sport, as well. Watson's book wants to shine a light on the importance of acceptance within skating communities -- no matter who picks up a board.
"The proof is in the pudding; go to any skatepark and you’ll see all the colors of the rainbow," said Watson, referring to the diversity of skating and how the sport accepts all. "It’s the best activity known to mankind, straight up and down. I’m being biased, but I’m proud of that."
The book is designed to encourage people of all races and sexes to enjoy skateboarding. To that end, here is one page from My First Skateboard:
"Whether you are male or female, big or small, or short or tall, skateboarding accepts us all."
The book also focuses on skating at street parks rather than skateparks and hits on the importance of skating with friends.
"The skatepark kids nowadays, it’s almost like everything is just given to them. And don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they don’t have to deal with it," added Watson. "But still, that was a fun element of that scene; being 13 and getting away because you’re on your skateboard and the cops can’t keep up."
If your kids are a little bit older and you really want to impress them this holiday season, consider getting them some motorized longboards or motorized skateboards. These electric skateboards have all the allure of traditional skating, but with an innovative twist. For younger kids who aren't quite ready for advanced boards and tricks, a book about skating may be the perfect start.
Watson's book might not cover the skate electric movement that's going on across U.S. cities, but the lessons are certainly there. If you want to learn more about the electric skateboarding industry or check out some high quality motorized longboards for sale, contact Evolve Skateboards today. And if you want to inspire your kids to finally pick up a board, consider reading this special new book to them.