I have the same predicament, although to call it a predicament sounds negative, however I am happy with either choice, I simply can't decide.
I have been skateboarding for nearly 7 years now and still love it as mcuh as I first did.. Last time I was away for a month I took my board but it lay untouched under my WWOOFer bed.
This time I will be hitchhiking longer distances, through France and Spain and then possibly through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia...
I have had various opinions from my friends on this matter, obviously biased depending on whether they skate or not. Some say I have to take it, missing out on a great park to skate or hooking up with the locals (skateboarders around the world have a tendency to help other skateboarders, its a group that you are instantly welcomed into). Others say it should stay at home, hitch-hiking and travelling in general is for me an escape from everyday life, and my skateboard is very much a part of my routine.
There is also the fact that I will be volunteering in the more mountainous regions in Spain, such as the Sierra Nevada and Picos de Europe. In these locations I can almost guarantee there will be minimal skateboarding activity/locations.
Alongside these factors is the awkwardness factor of carrying it all that way to not set foot on it, with it merely taking up space and weighing me down. However, if I find myself 15 miles from a town, on a flat road, it could be invaluable...but then again there is the fact that I [i:60a9c9720a]will[/i:60a9c9720a] have a 45l backpack on, which mean my movement will be severely limited.
If I had to say whether I am swayed more toward bringing it or leaving it to gather dust at home, I would have to say the negatives seem to outway the positives at the moment.
I would love to get some other people's opinions on this, skateboarders or not.