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A brief history of Skateboarding

  • The start of skateboarding

    The start of skateboarding
    Skateboarding was probably born sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s when surfers in California wanted something to surf when the waves were flat.
    These first skateboarders started with wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom.
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    A brief history of skateboarding

  • The first boards were wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels slapped on the bottom

    These first skateboarders started with wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels slapped on the bottom. The boxes turned into planks, and eventually companies were producing decks of pressed layers of wood -- similar to the skateboard decks of today. During this time, skateboarding was seen as something to do for fun after surfing.
  • Introduction of manufactured skateboards

    Introduction of manufactured skateboards
    The early 1960s bring the introduction of the first manufactured skateboards. The following are some of the popular mainstream skateboard designs from the 1960s: Scooter Skate (three-wheeler), Roller Derby, Skee Skate, Sokol SurfSkate, Nash Sidewalk Surfer, Sincor, and Super Surfer. Gren Tec, Hang Ten, and California Free Former join the mass-production skateboard market in the 1970s.
  • Skateboarding was at a peak of popularity

    Skateboarding was at a peak of popularity
    In 1963, skateboarding was at a peak of popularity, and companies like Jack's, Hobie and Makaha started holding skateboarding competitions. At this time, skateboarding was mostly either downhill slalom or freestyle.
  • Sudden crash of popularity

    Yet by 1966 the sales had dropped significantly (ibid) and Skateboarder Magazine had stopped publication. The popularity of skateboarding dropped and remained low until the early 1970s
  • Frank Nasworthy renovated the wheels

    Frank Nasworthy renovated the wheels
    In the early 1970s, Frank Nasworthy started to develop a skateboard wheel made of polyurethane, calling his company Cadillac Wheels. Prior to this new material, skateboards wheels were metal or "clay" wheels. The improvement in traction and performance was so immense that from the wheel's release in 1972 the popularity of skateboarding started to rise rapidly again, causing companies to invest more in product development.
  • Evolutionary boost in skateboarding

    Evolutionary boost in skateboarding
    In the spring of 1975, skateboarding took an evolutionary boost toward the sport that we see today. In Del Mar, California a slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival. That day, the Zephyr team showed the world what skateboarding could be. Skateboarding was taken from being a hobby to something serious and exciting
  • The "Ollie"

    The "Ollie"
    In 1978,a skater named Alan Gelfand (nicknamed "Ollie") invented a maneuver that gave skateboarding another revolutionary jump. He would slam his back foot down on the tail of his board and jump, thereby popping himself and the board into the air. The ollie was born, a trick that completely revolutionized skateboarding -- most tricks today are based in performing an ollie.
  • Skateboarding became more influential

    Skateboarding became more influential
    Freestyle skating remained healthy throughout this period with pioneers such as Rodney Mullen inventing many of the basic tricks of modern street skating such as the Impossible and the kickflip. The influence freestyle had on street skating became apparent during the mid-eighties, but street skating was still performed on wide vert boards with short noses, slide rails, and large soft wheels.There are many, many more. Skateboarding began influencing clothing styles, music and culture.
  • Skateboard videos

    Skateboard videos
    Stacey had a talent for filming, and in 1984 shot the first of a long series of revolutionary skateboard videos - The Bones Brigade Video Show.
  • 90s Skateboarding

    The current generation of skateboards is dominated by street skateboarding.
  • The First Extreme Games

    The First Extreme Games
    ESPN held their first Extreme Games, in Rhode Island. This first X Games was a huge success, and helped pull skateboarding closer to the mainstream, and closer to being accepted by the general population
  • Tony Hawk and the 900

    Tony Hawk and the 900
    In 1999, Tony Hawk became the first skater to land a 900.The 900 is a 2.5-revolution (900 degrees) aerial spin performed on a skateboard ramp. It is considered one of skateboarding's most technically demanding tricks.
  • More mainstream

    Since 2000, attention in the media and products like skateboarding video games, children's skateboards and commercialization have all pulled skateboarding more and more into the mainstream
  • Go Skateboarding Day

    Go Skateboarding Day
    The name for the holiday possibly originated from the "No Skateboarding" signs which often has been changed to "Go Skateboarding." by local skaters. The holiday was conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to help make skateboarding more accessible to the world through various events held in major cities around the world.