How to Find Non-Sponsored Skateboarding Competitions

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Looking for a non-sponsored skateboarding competition? It can be tough! But, there are several competitions out there for amateur skaters who don't have sponsors yet and who want to compete in skateboarding.

The first step is checking out your local skateboarding competitions. A lot of towns have these, and they are usually hosted by a local skate shop, so that should be your first stop. If there isn't anything in your area, try the nearby towns and see.

These smaller skateboarding contests are a great way to get some experience and challenge yourself.

If you are looking for something a little more, here are some bigger skate contests that you can check out:

Free Flow Tour

The Free Flow tour is a non-sponsored skateboarding and BMX competition that tours around the United States (though riders can have sponsors, they just can't be ​pro), with stops all over the country. The competitions are open to any non-sponsored/amateur skater or rider aged 18 or under, and it only costs $10 to enter! If you lose, you still get a prize bag and there's a party. But if you win, you can get into the Free Flow Tour finals and then win a Wild Card spot in the finals of the Dew Action Sports Tour, skateboarding or riding against the pros!

Volcom's Wild in the Parks Series

Volcom designed Wild in the Parks as their free-entry amateur-only skateboarding contest series.

This contest series offers a lot of prizes, fame, and a $30,000.00 cash purse at the tour-concluding Championship event. This series has stops all over the world.

Playstation Am Jam

Held from March to May, hitting stops all over the USA, this skateboarding and BMX contest hands out trips to Woodward and has a $5000 final prize.

Registration for any event is done at the event and is open to skaters age 7 to 18.

World Cup Skateboarding Bowl Series

All of the WCS Bowl competitions are open to non-sponsored skaters. They hold what is called a locals comp at each of the bowl events that allows the top local skaters, sponsored or not, the opportunity to skate. The top skaters then have the chance to skate with the pros.

Mid Atlantic Skateboard Series (MASS)

A series of summer skateboarding competitions along the Atlantic US coast that are open to anyone, the MASS competitions feature both bowl and street contests. They have women's divisions, age 40+ divisions, under 10, plus everything in between split from beginner to expert. These are a great way to get some experience competing, and to get noticed (the sponsors list is huge!). It cost $20 to enter, and minors need parents permission.

World Cup Skateboarding

World Cup Skateboarding organizes all the pointed skateboarding events all over the planet, and also some other skateboarding competitions that you might be able to enter. With some of these contests, it can be hard to see whether or not there is anything for truly amateur skating, or what level of Amateur competition is available, so you may need to write to the people organizing the events you are interested in.

Hopefully, whatever your level, there will be something there for you. Get out there and see what you can do!