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Skatestopper is a skate-deterrent device placed on urban terrain features such as benches and hand rails to discourage skating on the surfaces where they have been installed. The name Skatestopper is a registered trademark of Intellicept of El Cajon, California,[1] but in some skateboarding circles it has become a genericized term referring to any anti-skate device.[2]

The aim of skatestoppers is to stop skaters from practicing grinds on urban features such as curbs, benches, and ledges, which can damage those structures.


Skatestoppers have been described as a mantrap by some skateboarders.[citation needed] Due to their nature, if a skater were unaware of their presence, they could run the risk of greater injury as these devices are designed to break the skater's slide, thus resulting in a probable, unexpected fall. However, these devices are intended to be installed along with notices warning skaters of the potential hazard.

Some skaters have viewed skatestoppers as a violation of their basic freedom to exercise their bodies, and therefore an entrenchment on basic human rights. More hardcore skaters[who?] have viewed skatestoppers as just another obstacle to be overcome and the presence of skatestoppers actually encourages them to stay in the location longer.[3]

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  1. ^ "Apply for a Trademark. Search a Trademark". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Inclusive Cities Observatory, Skateboarding in Tacoma: Youth Reclaim Public Space through Dialogue and Cooperative Planning" (PDF). UCLG Committee on Social, Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights. Retrieved 19 April 2016. page 4: "...removal of skate stoppers on a popular ledge..." ("skate stoppers" written without capitals and as two words)
  3. ^ Mersom, Daryl (2015-10-07). "Bristol skateboarders take on 'skatestopper' defensive architecture". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-03.