It’s possible that Mommy and Daddy demand that they not take up the sport and they fear what their parent’s might do if they find out they’ve been skating behind their backs. Another reason might be that there isn’t enough space to practice in China.Even in a large square there are always loads of people wandering around aimlessly. This is big trouble for skateboarders in China.
In the bigger cities like Beijing and Shanghai, they’ve built specialized skate parks but you need to be a certain level skater to pass though the gate. This leaves beginners stranded on the streets looking for enough space to practice. Good luck!
I recently hooked up with a team of skateboarders in Hangzhou, China. They run a skateshop during the days and go skateboarding at night when they can. The night I met up with them there was a total of six guys skating in a very small space. One of them had obvious skill and was zooming around the rest of them. When I tried speaking to them with my broken Chinese they were reluctant to respond. They were definitely not the most talkative guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Finally one guy (the better skater) told me that they have a few different places to go skating around Hangzhou and I was thankful to him for talking to me. The other guys who were struggling to pull tricks had no interest in talking to me or to their skateboarding buddies.
One thing I found a bit unsettling about watching these guys skate in public places was how dangerous it was. Not for them but for the other people trying to walk by. Many women have little children with them and some old people can barely move at all. When these skateboarders get going they don’t seem to care who’s in their way and I’m sure some nasty accidents have happened involving innocent children and elderly people. It’s a shame.
I love the fact that young people are getting interested in the sport but my one piece of advice for them is to please have respect for the other people around them. It really scares the crap out of me.