If you’re a big fan of pro scooter riders or wanting to become one, then you may have some ideas about those riders. There are, however, a lot of misconceptions around the sport and the pro riders. Here we will take a look at 5 misconceptions about being a pro scooter rider.
1. All You Need Is Natural Talent
A lot of people who watch this and other sports think that the main thing it takes in order to be a pro is a natural talent. While that helps, it is not nearly enough to perform at a professional level. Professionals understand that it takes a tremendous amount of dedication and determination in order to make it. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Riding a pro scooter doesn’t make you a professional overnight, it takes hard work and practice.
The fact is there are lots of people who have a great deal of natural talent but never go pro. Why is that? The reason is simple, they aren’t dedicated enough to rise up to professional status. If you want to go pro it’s up to you to make it so. You will find that there’s always someone that has a new trick or that can do a trick you’re known for.
When this happens, the average person gets discouraged. A professional uses it as motivation to practice more and to get better. Only the most determined and those with a good attitude will make it at the professional level.
2. It’s Okay To Start Out Without Good Equipment
A lot of would-be pro scooter riders think that they can go pro without having good equipment. No matter how talented you are it is unlikely that you will be able to consistently compete with other professionals when you lack good equipment. It would be similar to going into battle with a wooden stick against soldiers with automatic rifles and hand grenades. You might get a couple of good licks in before you go down if you’re lucky but you’ll have little to no chance of winning.
Professionals use high-end equipment like the Razor Pro XX. There is no way around it. Those who have made a name for themselves have that equipment provided by their sponsors but for someone starting out, it will be necessary for you to find a way to get good equipment. Otherwise, you just don’t have a fighting chance against the likes of Brendon Smith.
3. A Real Professional Can Do Every Trick
For novice riders, it often appears that the professionals can do every trick there is especially a backflip. Doing a backflip seems to be one of the most crowd-pleasing tricks within the extreme sports arena. Although it may appear to be necessary to be able to do this trick, you can go pro and get sponsors without the ability to do a backflip. There are no specific tricks that you must do in order to get sponsored. The fact is that most pro scooter riders focus on doing tricks that help them to stand apart from others. If you look at some of the best riders, they don’t do backflips or if they did, they may not have done any in a long time.
4. Pro Scooter Riders Must Have Multiple Scooters
There seems to be a misconception about Pros that they carry around multiple scooters with them. The sponsors don’t provide multiple scooters and the pro riders don’t own them or carry them. The sponsors will usually provide the main scooter and parts for repair. This is what the pro riders will carry with them.
It wouldn’t make a lot of sense for a pro rider to carry multiple scooters for a variety of reasons. One of those is just the room it would take and the fact that it would be uncomfortable carrying multiple scooters. The second is the fact that it is better to practice on one scooter and get really good on it.
5. Pros Get To Travel All The Time
There might be some sports that require a great deal of travel. Tennis and golf would be a couple of those. There are a lot of kids that really like certain pro riders and if they get the chance to meet them they ask if they can come to a park the fan rides at. The reason that the kid thinks this is a reasonable thing to ask is that they feel the pro rider must be traveling all the time. This means that they are likely to be in the city where the kid lives and could possibly come to that park.
Some pro riders might wish that they traveled more and they may enjoy the idea of being able to but this is not normally possible. The average pro scooter rider will travel only a few times a year and most often they are close to where they live. A few times each year they will travel for a competition but other than that they are staying close to home.