GVR Report cover Skateboard Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Skateboard Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Street Board, Long Board), By End User (Kids, Teenagers, Adults), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-213-6
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global skateboard market size was valued at USD 1.9 billion in 2018. Rising demand for sporting activities among the younger generation will boost the product demand in the market. The product demand is fueled by increasing demand for skating as a sport in many countries. Apart from using it as a source of fun, it also provides flexibility and good physical shape to the body. Furthermore, inclination towards fitness has resulted in increased outdoor sports activities, which acts as a key factor driving the market over the forecast period.

Increasing awareness regarding skateboarding as a result of various competitions held such as X Games and Street League has resulted in growth in the sales of skateboards. Moreover, in 2016, the International Olympic Committee has announced the inclusion of skateboarding in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Furthermore, graphics play a vital role in increasing the adoption of skateboard by consumers. Increasing inclination of consumers, particularly teenagers, towards funky and attractive graphics displayed on the boards has increased their interest to ride on these boards. As a result, companies follow effective marketing tactics to popularize their brands as a symbol on the skateboards. Companies also use various slogans and keywords popular in the market to derive effective sales.

U.S. skateboard market

One of the primary factors contributing to the rising popularity of the skateboard is its accessibility and enjoyment for beginners. Skateboarding appeals to a wide range of individuals, including those new to the sport, as it offers a fun and engaging experience. The availability of different types of skateboards, such as electric skateboards and longboards, further enhances accessibility. This diverse range of equipment caters to various preferences and riding styles, enabling beginners and enthusiasts to find the perfect skateboard that suits their needs and enhances their overall skateboarding experience.

The prominent trend in the electric skateboard market is the increasing popularity and adoption of electric skateboards as a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Electric skateboards offer a unique and futuristic way to commute short distances, providing users with a fun and efficient alternative to traditional transportation methods. Furthermore, the convenience and versatility of electric skateboards contribute to their popularity. They are lightweight, portable, and easy to maneuver, making them ideal for urban environments with crowded streets and limited parking spaces. Electric skateboards also provide a sense of freedom and excitement, as riders can effortlessly navigate through traffic and enjoy a thrilling ride.The availability of diverse skateboard chassis options in the market also has a direct influence on the skateboard market as a whole.

Social media has increasingly evolved as a primary source for teenagers to get attracted towards these sports. Moreover, increasing adoption of newer sports by new generations such as Generation Z is playing a vital role in creating emerging markets for a variety of skateboards. However, according to the State of Skate, Generation Z are found unfaithful towards any brand or any sport. Therefore, companies strive for greater strategic efforts in order to maintain their interest in the activity.

However, rising popularity of scooters pose a threat to the growing market of skateboards. Youth is expected to be the major contributor in choosing scooters as compared to skateboards. Moreover, consumers are opting for alternative sports for their safety measures due to increasing number of casualties caused by the sport.

Companies develop constant efforts and strategize in order to gain popularity in innovation and increase their share in the skateboard market. For instance, in 2016, at Paris fashion Week, Dior launched its winter collection on a neon colored skateboard catwalk ramp. In addition, several fashion designers and retailers use skateboard iconography. For instance, Santa Cruz Skateboards designer, Jim Phillips earned a renowned status in the California market. Furthermore, renowned companies offer sponsorship to players in order promote their products. For instance, Nike, Inc., PEPSICO INC., and Mountain Dew have sponsored famous skateboarders from the industry such as Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, and Sean Malto. This, in turn, has helped the brand become prominent and favored in the market.

Product Insights

Street board emerged as the largest product segment, accounting for 50.7% share of overall revenue in 2018. These skateboards are also known as popsicle board and are predominant in street skating. Street boards are typically manufactured with dimension of 33 inches in length and 7.5 - 8.75 inches in width. The wheels of the board are smaller and harder as compared to other types of skateboards owing to the uneven and rough surface of roads. These are frequently used by the beginners and are available at much cheaper price as compared to other kinds. Companies are investing in manufacturing of skateboards in order to ascertain some percent of market share. For instance, in 2018, Inter IKEA Systems B.V. launched its first skateboard as a part of its furniture and clothing line in Southern California.

Long board is the fastest growing product, expanding at a CAGR of 3.8% from 2019 to 2025. The segment growth is attributed to its longer dimensions and convenience of flipping over. These boards are longer in dimension consisting of 44 inches in length and 22 - 26 inches of width and are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The product is comparatively faster on account of its wheel size, construction, and hardware material. The end–users of longboards comprise cruising, traveling, and downhill racing. Longboard dance and freestyle are emerging as popular styles, which help the rider to experience free fluid like movements.

End-User Insights

Teenagers emerged as the largest segment, accounting for 44.1% share of overall revenue in 2018. Teenagers pertain to the age bracket of 12- 17 years. The segment growth is attributed to a large population in the respective age bracket. For instance, in 2017, the U.S. children in the age bracket of 12 - 17 years comprise 34% of the total children under 18 years of age. Preference of adolescents for a viable, challenging, and recreational sport has made skateboarding a favorite choice among millions of youth.  The skateboard target market predominantly consists of teenagers and young adults, who are deeply connected to youth culture. This demographic is particularly attracted to the exhilaration, sense of liberation, and avenue for self-expression that skateboarding provides.

Global skateboard market

Use of skateboard by various college students for commuting inside the college premises is also driving the market for skates. Moreover, emergence of electric skateboards is witnessing a surge in the market owing to the motorized mechanism with greater convenience factor. In addition, it also provides the feature of weight sensor controls or handheld throttle for controlling the speed of the board. Usage of skateboards by teenagers exhibit the trend of being rebellious, which provides them motivation to ride on the skateboard.

Kids are projected to expand at a CAGR of 3.7% from 2019 to 2025 owing to growing population among the age criteria. Kids pertain to the age bracket of 0 - 9 years. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs(UN DESA), the global population in the 0 - 9 age bracket consists of 1.3 billion in 2015, while there were 1.2 billion people under the same age category in 2000. Furthermore, growing health concerns over obesity and physical inactivity have gained importance among parents, who motivate their kids for the sport. In addition, it provides added advantage of no cost fee or coaching, which makes it cheap and an easy mode of transport for children.

Regional Insights

North America emerged as the largest regional market, accounting for 31.7% share of global revenue in 2018. Increased awareness regarding skateboarding as well as wide product availability in the region are the key driving factors. According to the findings, 6.4 million people participated in skateboarding in the U.S. in 2016. Moreover, the U.S. has the largest production of skateboards across the globe.

The data published by Boarding Universe in 2022, highlights the enduring popularity of skating as an American pastime and its current resurgence among a broader range of participants. In 2021, an impressive 8.75 million people were estimated to have engaged in skating activities in the United States. This substantial number of participants has significantly contributed to the growth of the U.S. skateboard market, underscoring the increased interest and demand for skateboarding in the country. The U.S. skateboard market is anticipated to experience growth at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period, fueled by the rising number of individuals participating in skateboarding activities.

According to a recent survey, skateboard is marked at the third position in the most popular sports category after football and basketball. Inclination of the younger generation is increasing towards the sport as a result of rise in the number of competitions held annually in the region. Various competitions that are expected to take place in 2019 are 26th Annual Tampa Am in Florida, Jackalope Festival, Central Mass Skate Festival, and X Games Minneapolis.

The Europe skateboard market size was valued at USD 671.1 million in 2018. Skateboarding is gaining popularity as a recreational and sport activity among people of all ages in European countries. The rise of skateboarding influencers, skateboarding events, and skate parks have contributed to the growth of the Europe skateboard market.

Based on the data released by Our Sporting Life, skateboarding has experienced a steady rise in participation in the U.K. since 2016. In June 2020, an estimated 53,000 individuals were actively involved in skateboarding activities across the country. The increasing popularity of skateboarding in the U.K. is propelling the growth of the skateboard market in the region, with a projected growth rate of 4.8% during the forecast period. This upward trend in skateboarding participation is driving the demand for skateboard products and contributing to the expansion of the market.

Prominent skateboarding events like SKTWK, SKATE Contest, and the European Freestyle Skateboarding Championships have captured substantial attention in Germany. These events serve as major attractions for both skilled skateboarders and the general public, creating a buzz that contributes to the growth of the Germany skateboard market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. The presence of such events not only draws talented skateboarders but also sparks curiosity and interest among a wider audience, fostering the expansion of the market.

Skateboarding has transitioned from being a niche activity to a mainstream sport in Nordic countries. The inclusion of skateboarding in major sporting events, such as the X Games and the Olympic Games, has helped elevate its status and attract a broader audience. The increasing awareness of skateboarding among the Nordic population is driving the growth of the Nordic skateboard market at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2025.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to register a CAGR of 4.1% over the forecast period on account of increasing awareness towards outdoor sports activities. The region witnessed the highest growth of childhood obesity with 38% rise between 2000 to 2016 among children aged under five years. Moreover, according to the WHO, more than 340 million population aged 5 - 19 years were overweight or obese in 2016. As a result, parents and institutions are encouraging kids to indulge themselves in outdoor sporting activities.

In the Asia Pacific skateboard market, China is expected to witness a fastest growth rate of 5.6% over the forecast period. Skateboarding in China has undergone a remarkable transformation, shifting from a niche activity associated with lifestyle and counterculture to a mainstream sport with widespread recognition, including its inclusion in the Olympics. This transformation is reflected in the rapid growth of the China skateboard market. One notable example is DBH, a local brand renowned for its vibrant and colorful skateboard decks, which experienced a substantial surge in sales. From 2021 to 2022, DBH witnessed an impressive sales increase of 200 percent, showcasing the escalating popularity of skateboarding in China.

The growth of skateboarding in India is closely tied to the emergence of vibrant skateboarding communities and groups. These communities have become catalysts for the popularity and expansion of the Indian skateboard market. With the formation of more skateboarding communities across the country, the market is expected to experience a steady growth rate of 4.8% during the forecast period. These communities provide a platform for skateboarders to connect, share knowledge, organize events, and collaborate on initiatives to further develop the skateboarding culture in the country.

The growth of the Australia skateboard market is being driven by the introduction of innovative skateboards such as electric skateboards and longboards. Twelve Board Store, a renowned retailer specializing in skateboarding and snowboarding equipment, has witnessed a significant increase in the demand for skateboarding gear, particularly during the pandemic.

The combination of accessibility, enjoyment for beginners, and the availability of innovative skateboards has propelled the growth of the Australia skateboard market at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period. As more individuals discover the thrills and benefits of skateboarding, the market is expected to continue expanding in the coming years.

Increasing awareness regarding skateboarding as a result of different competitions and contests held at the country and regional levels also provides motivation to kids to engage in the sport. For instance, inclusion of Skateboarding in the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 has provided a boost to all skateboarders to excel in the field. Furthermore, Skate Philippines Summer Championship, the 31st Annual Skate Japan, and Skate Malaysia, are some other competitions to be held in the year 2019.

Skateboard Market Share Insights

Key skateboard manufacturers include Element Skateboards; Krown Skateboards; SK8FACTORY; Skate One; Absolute Board Co.; ALIEN WORKSHOP; Zero Skateboards; CONTROL SKATEBOARDS INC.; Razor USA LLC.; and Almost Skateboards. The leading players in the market are focusing on product innovation and development to gain a greater market share at a global level. New product launches in the market help to keep the interest alive of the consumers on account of increasing preference for outdoor sporting and inclination towards newer sports in the majority of the regions.

Some of the industry participants are introducing innovation in their products as their key strategy is to increase their market share. For instance, in March 2019, rave skateboards have launched their 2019 summer collection including funky graphic based skateboards. In addition, LAUNCH SNOWBOARDS have introduced their new skateboard line that consists of pintail longboards, drop through longboards, street decks, truck, and wheel kits.

Skateboard Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 2.00 billion

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 2.38 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.1% from 2019 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Product, end-user, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; U.K.; Germany; China; Japan; Brazil; UAE

Key companies profiled

Element Skateboards; Krown Skateboards; SK8FACTORY; Skate One; Absolute Board Co.; ALIEN WORKSHOP; Zero Skateboards; CONTROL SKATEBOARDS INC.; Razor USA LLC

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global skateboard market report on the basis of product, end-user, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Street Board

    • Cruiser Board

    • Long Board

    • Others

  • End-User Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Kids

    • Teenagers

    • Adults

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

      • UAE

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