Skateboarding has emerged from a dark place overrun with Street League’s and energy drinks a few years ago to a place that we can respect once again. Full length videos are making a comeback, skating no longer has a one-track mind for SoCal, it is more inclusive than it ever has, and there’s more good stuff. JENKEM had a look at all this and more.

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But as 2018 comes to a close, we found ourselves looking at all the things happening right now and realizing that we’re living through a pretty fucking good era in skateboard history. Arguably one of the most exciting, diverse, and healthy years for skating in over a decade, although it may not feel that way because it took the last couple years to get here.

About five years back, skating fell into a really uncertain place. Legacy figures — Jason Dill, Anthony Van Engelen, Alex Olson, and Brian Anderson — left legacy sponsors — Alien and Girl — to explore their own brands. European companies were just beginning to make U.S. companies jealous. Corporate-sized money was establishing a foothold that would push out smaller brands and terrify everyone with thoughts of a world run by energy drinks and Street League.

Every facet of the industry was being shaken up, and a lot of pieces felt out of place.

But 2018 was the year where we picked up those pieces and reassembled ourselves. We’re back in full force, and I would argue, we’ve never been better. Let’s look at why:

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Click to JENKEM for Why 2018 Marked a Golden Year for Skate History

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