Extreme? SGMA Says Inline Skating Still Rules


June 6, 2005

N. Palm Beach, Fla. (Ski Press)-According to SGMA International's analysis of the current Superstudy® of Sports Participation, extreme sports are so popular that they attract more players than some traditional team sports.

Most Popular Extreme Sports in the USA

(U.S. population; 6 years of age or older)

Rank Sport # of Participants (participated at least once in 2004)

1. Inline skating 17,348,000

2. Skateboarding 11,592,000

3. Paintball 9,640,000

4. Artificial Wall Climbing 7,659,000

5. Snowboarding 7,110,000

6. Trail Running 6,486,000

7. Mountain Biking 5,334,000

8. Wakeboarding 2,843,000

9. BMX Bicycling 2,642,000

10. Mountain/Rock Climbing 2,161,000

11. Roller Hockey 1,788,000

12. Boardsailing/Windsurfing 418,000

Following are some additional facts on the 12 most popular extreme sports:

Inline skating. There are more inline skaters than the combined number of baseball players (9.7 million) and tackle football players (5.4 million).

Skateboarding. The average number of days of participation for a skateboarder in 2004 was 48 days.

Paintball. Overall participation has grown by more than 60% since 1998 from 5.9 million in 1998 to 9.6 million in 2004.

Artificial Wall Climbing. The average age of an artificial wall climbing enthusiast in 2004 was 20.2 years of age.

Snowboarding. The average snowboarder went snowboarding an average of 7.6 days in 2004.

Mountain Biking. Nearly 40% of all mountain bikers have, at least, graduated from college.

Trail Running. Since 1998, overall participation has grown nearly 25% from 5.2 million in 1998 to 6.5 million in 2004.

BMX Bicycling. The average age of a BMX cyclist in 2004 was 24.7 years of age.

Wakeboarding. Approximately 50% of all wakeboarders have been participating in the sport for 1-3 years.

Roller Hockey. Nearly 98% of all frequentroller hockey participants (those who play 25+ days/year) are male.

Mountain/Rock Climbing. The average age of a mountain/rock climber is 22.7 years of age.

Boardsailing/Windsurfing. Nearly 30% of all boardsailors live in the South and more than 55% of all boardsailors live in cities with a population of more than two million people.


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