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A skater is an individual participant of skateboarding culture who has attained a certain level of "street-cred" through the act of skateboarding. This is normally achieved through learning and expressing many basic tricks such as, but no limited to: The ollie and its many variations, dropping in, the kickflip/heelflip, the pop-shove-it, the Frontside 180 ollie and/or the backside boardslide. A person becomes a skateboarder when other skateboarders of similar or higher level of ability recognize him/her as so. The skater normally has experienced the challenges of authority presented to his craft by being kicked out of "skate spots." Security guards, mall cops, police officers, and private business owners commonly instigate kicking out a skateboarder and talking unnecessary sh*t to them, and/or criticizing their lifestyle. In general, skaters are commonly looked upon as trouble makers or non-contributing members of society. Rarely ever do true skaters bother anyone or instigate fights. for the most part the skater just wants to mind his/her own business and perform their tricks. Sometimes a skater will 'vandalize' public or private property to "wax" a ledge or curb, thus making it skateable.
Skaters can be any member of society but are most commonly males from the ages of 12-24. A skater was once able to be easily identified by his or her shoes, but due to the recent poseurdom on skateboard fashion this is harder to do. (Unless the skater has noticeable toe rips or gashes in his shoes from skateboarding.)
A skater is not to be confused with a poseur, which is someone who wears skateboarding clothes and tells grandiose tales of how he backside flipped a thirty set. A skater is also not to be confused with a kook, who is someone who sucks at skateboarding and has not yet risen to the level worthy of being called a skater.
Cop: "I'm going to need to see some I.D. son, hand over your skateboard."
Skater: "Why, what did I do?"
Cop:"DON'T TALK BACK TO ME!!! YOU'RE DOWN HERE WITH ALL YOUR BUDDIES F*CKING UP THIS PROPERTY DOING YOUR JUMPS! YOU NEED TO GO DO YOUR JUMPS AT THE SKATEPARK!!!!!"
Skater: It's called an ollie, and how does jumping on concrete fuck it up?"
Cop: That's it smart ass. PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR BACK! NOW!!
by DTA 187 24/7 April 05, 2009
 
36.
sum1 who likes to skate.they dont hav to be good they just hav to enjoy it if u like to skateboard ur a skater.but dumbass posers who spell skate with an 8 are posers
He likes to skateboard therefore he is a skater not a dumbass sk8er
by rob January 08, 2004
 
37.
A person who is cool,hasfun, and is not a poser.
(for poser, see poser)

Also see:
skateboards
C'mon homeys! Let's go land this tiny little 3 set!
by Kelly Tian November 25, 2004
 
38.
Someone who skates purely because they enjoy it, and do so regardless to what ever people think of it. They live for skateboarding. Skaters are not allways good at landing ticks, but the enjoyment for the sport is what makes them skater. Most commonly seen wearing jeans and a hoody, brightly coloured trainers, and donning a New Era cap (with all the stickers on of course) to tame their long hair. Allthough there is no dress code, tracksuits will lose you any status as a true skater. Skaters wear what they think looks cool, and it isn't unusual to see them wearing something completly abstract. Most listen to either punk rock or hiphop, but again there is no rule. Most skaters skate the street (though some prefer vert/ramp) and wear no protection.
Anyone who skates because they enjoy it, no matter what anyone thinks.

EXAMPLES OF PRO SKATERS:
Mike Mo
Paul Rodriguez
Justin Eldridge
by Nathan (Y) February 24, 2008
 
39.
A skater is someone who owns a skateboard and is either learning, or trying to learn how to skate. Posers are just following the fad and are nothing to worry about, they will be over it in about a week as soon as they figure out you actually have to WORK.
Skaters are generally nice to beginners and are willing to help them get off the ground. If you see a beginner that's having trouble, remember what happened the first time YOU tried to ollie... either that or try it yourself.
A skater is dedicated and wont give up
Skaters can be either guys or girls.. yes GIRLS CAN SKATE so get over it
That's a skater
skater: don't give up, try and try again, u'll land that trick if you get up when you fall, and ignore the pain.
by ak_skater_girl May 26, 2007
 
40.
a person who enjoys skating. it is actually a rule that you are not allowed to be called a skater if you have ever said "sk8er" or "sk8"
skater 1: hey, i almost nailed a double kickflip this time!

skater 2: awsome! i still cant get it.

skater 3: hey! whats up ma sk8er bros!

skater 1 and 2: fuck off...
by mini-logo July 27, 2006
 
41.
the people with the really comfortable shoes who carry around skater boards- usually found at skate parks or on the streets-skating. in my opinion skaters are a cute breed, unlike townies.
townie: oi u! get here u piece a scum
skater: piss off
by ihatethem November 12, 2004
 
42.
person who skateboards, wears skater type clothers like Independant.
Avril Lavigne thinks she's a skater but shes really a poser.
by Anonymous April 27, 2003