Skateboarding is part of our stories. Skateboarding stars and innovators often talk about how skateboarding empowered them, saving them from more dangerous pursuits and helping them with self-discovery. Furthermore, skateboarding is a beautiful metaphor in life: it enables you to get from one place to the next in a relatively uncomplicated way.
Many of our favorite movie characters also level up through the use of skateboarding. Check out these transformative, character-defining moments in popular films:
Once Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) agrees to go out with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), Peter skips down the hallway. It’s one of the most awkward and adorable teenage romance scenes ever. Shackled with the pressures of young adulthood (and all sorts of spidey stuff on top of that), Peter’s got a lot going on. In this scene, the pair even talks about how busy they are.
After Peter’s hopping and skipping, though, he lets his joy out in another way: through skateboarding.
Peter uses his familiar and empowering habit of skateboarding to further discover his unique abilities. Sure, his powers come from the spider bite, but he can’t unlock him without using transformative skateboarding to get from point a to point b.
Have you ever wanted to stand up to a bully? Such a challenge is noble, but it comes with risks and rewards. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) does just that in Back to the Future. Earning the admiration of the local kids, Marty navigates the townscape as the tormentors pursue him. His method of flight? The skateboard.
As a teen from the ‘80s, Marty, and his Chucks have skateboarding moves no one’s ever seen in the ‘50s. In an iconic movie moment, Marty leaps off of his skateboard, walks over convertible in motion, and reconnects with his skateboard on the other side. His pursuers, of course, land in a pile of shit.
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) has a lot going on. It’s the end of an era as his job is on the line – and instead of going on another adventure in his mind, Walter takes the opportunity to do it in real life. Capitalizing on actor Ben Stiller’s real interest in skateboarding, this film features Walter Mitty coasting down a winding road on a longboard with rocks tied on his hands as slider gloves.
Walter’s embraced his struggles and his journey. When the view from the top is worth appreciating, he also gets that it’s time to come back down, and skateboarding is the means by which he does it.
He coasts into a sleeping village after an epic journey, realizing no one witnessed it. And no one really had to.
Skateboarding changes lives – not just ours, but those of our favorite characters. Have you ever had a journey like that? Tell us all about it in the comments below.