The history and development of skateboards and skating

Because they were cheaper to manufacture, clay wheels remained the industry standard. The invention of the no-hands aerial later known as the ollie by Alan Gelfand in Florida in[39] and the almost parallel development of the grabbed aerial by George Orton and Tony Alva in California, made it possible for skaters to perform airs on vertical ramps.

These were very popular during the mids and were available in a myriad of colors, bright yellow probably being the most memorable, hence the name. How they made the scooters changed over time, but the most drastic change came when children began removing any sort of handles all together, and rode the wheeled two-by-fours hands-free.

Just like learning skateboarding is interesting, understanding its history is also enriching in its own ways. Wheels[ edit ] The wheels of a skateboard are usually made of polyurethaneand come in many different sizes and shapes to suit different types of skating. Skateboarding has evolved through various phases since its inception in the late s.

Powell also introduces Bones, the first double-radial wheel. It was a sport just being born and discovered, so anything went. Gleaming the Cubea movie starring Christian Slater as a skateboarding teen investigating the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother, was somewhat of an iconic landmark to the skateboarding genre of the era.

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There are many, many more. Torger Johnson dies in a car accident. The 4-day event is broadcast on TV by CBS Sports Spectacular, and also includes mens and womens slalom racing, freestyle, and a ramp competition.

A Sneak Peek at the Amazingly Interesting History of Skateboarding

Skateboarder in Grants PassOregon The first skateboards started with wooden boxes, or boards, with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. Inafter half a decade or cultural prominence, skateboarding virtually died over night.

Public skate parks had been being built at a rapid rate, but with skateboarding being such a dangerous activity, insurance rates increased causing less interest in the sport. Boyden to produce the Humco Surfer in There is no turning or steering mechanism.


It was at that time when two skateboarders by the names of Natas Kaupas and Mike Vallely that came onto the skateboard scene and pushed street skateboarding even further. The plastic penny board is intended to be ridden barefoot, as is the surfboard-inspired hamboard.

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 Mar 7, Tony Hawk and the InTony Hawk became the first skater to land a The skateboard is made from roller skates attached to a board.Street skating took over, and we introduced the first street skateboard back inand it was called the Street Skate of course.

As skateboard parks closed and people moved out into the street, the ten-inch boards wouldn't work. Due to the industrial development, the skateboard’s status changed from toy to sports equipment. Inthe surf shop “Val-Surf” in Hollywood sold the first self-produced skateboards.


These boards featured a typical surfboard shape and roller skate trucks and were sold as complete boards. The style of skateboarding at the time was called “freestyle” and is more like dancing ballet or ice skating with a skateboard. Then, inskateboarding’s popularity suddenly took a dive.

Most people assumed that skateboarding was another fad. Inskateboarding was at a peak of popularity, and companies like Jack's, Hobie and Makaha started holding skateboarding this time, skateboarding was mostly either downhill slalom or freestyle.

Skateboard History Timeline by Jim Goodrich. Val Surf is the first known retail shop to sell skateboards. Kids begin referring to skating as "sidewalk surfing." The strong connection with surfing gives skateboarding a direction that influences everything to come, from maneuvers and style to fashion and attitude.

"Skatepark Development. The early s bring the introduction of the first manufactured skateboards.

Skateboarding History

The following are some of the popular mainstream skateboard designs from the s: Scooter Skate (three-wheeler), Roller Derby, Skee Skate, Sokol SurfSkate, Nash Sidewalk Surfer, Sincor, and Super Surfer.

The history and development of skateboards and skating
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