Skateboarding takes the next step to becoming a school sport

Thirty-four years after the National Scholastic Surfing Association was born in Huntington Beach, a National Scholastic Skateboarding League is emerging.

Students attending three San Clemente schools took up competing in 2011 in the OC Skateboarding League, which had been born a year earlier. The three San Clemente teams will open their 2012 OCSL season Friday in a 10-team tournament at Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa.

The San Clemente skaters can’t call any of the three teams a school team, as they haven’t gone through the steps necessary to achieve that designation. Last week, 15 San Clemente High skaters took a first step by petitioning for club status.

“They’re going to meet on campus, just like any of the other clubs.”

OCSL is under the umbrella of the new National Scholastic Skateboarding League, which Shannon Banks said has teams in Orange and San Diego counties and hopes to eventually spread along both coasts.

via OC Register