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Where Did Skateboarding Come From
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Where Did Skateboarding Come From

A Little History

Let me take you back to the 1950's before punk rock. Before even Skater shoes and tight jeans. Here we will find out Where did skateboarding come from? It was the time of the surfer, It was sunny California where it all started. Imagine literally hundreds of surfers. The beaches are constantly crowded with new surfers, so how does a nubie surfer get his skills up to where he can not run into every rock that comes his way? Well he takes his trusty piece of blunt wood straps some wheels to the bottom of the blunt object and rides into town practicing the find art of staying on a board in motion. This is only the beginning of our tale of where did skateboarding come from

Who is Responsible?

Still who created skateboarding and Where did skateboarding come from? Well no one person created the massive skateboarding industry. It was instead a whole bunch of people all over California at once. It spread like a Virus an amazing and totally cool Virus capable of bringing fun to everywhere even the ghetto... eventually. Alas the early days of skateboarding were filled with much more failure and broken bones than you or I could ever imagine. People inventing new tricks every where they go. Some truly bold skaters invent grinding and gap jumping. Back then only the truly insane skaters would try something so crazy as sliding your small piece of wood all the way down a flight of stairs. This gives up some insight on Where did skateboarding come from

When It Really Took Off

Skateboarding was at its peak in 1963. This is when skateboarding competitions were first being held. Still skateboarding was in its early stages and competitions were only down hill slalom or freestyle. This brings us a little closer to our quest of Where Did Skateboarding Come From

Everything Must Die Some Time... Right?

In 1965 something happened skateboarding started to die out. People decided that skateboarding was fake. So up until 1972 nearly no one skateboarded at all. When 1972 came around a certain someone by the name of Frank Nasworthy came around and totally changed things. What he did revived skateboarding he actually invented urethane skateboard wheels. Witch is very close to what we use today. Now we've got an idea of Where Did Skateboarding Come From

Oh Now Your Interested?

1975 came around and suddenly everyone couldn't get enough of skateboarding. The first true pro boarders came around and dazzled crowds with there amazing feets of skateboarding. They were smooth, fast, low, high all at the same time it was incredible. All this because a small group called the Zephyr team took a small hobbie and turned it into a major passion. Once people saw what could truly be done on a skateboard. The masses started trying to imitate Team Zephyr and all there amazing tricks. This is how skateboarding got started back again. But have we truly answered the question of Where Did Skateboarding Come From

Conclusion

Skateboarding started with blunt pieces of wood with wheels strapped to the bottom of them so surfers could practice outside of water, but it turned into one of Americas greatest pass times. Move over baseball there something far more alluring over the horizon. Now we've addressed the question of Where Did Skateboarding Come From. Now we can all skateboard in piece now that we know the truth behind this mammoth history. For more information.


Street Talk

Fascinating! I'm English and went to school near London in the 60s so, no sea. But I was the first in my school (apart from my American friend, Hank), to own a board. The originals here were useless, just rollerskate wheels but I imported "trucks" from a St. Ives, Cornwall based surf shack from a company called "California Associates" and made my own boards in woodwork classes. These wheels were dangerously hard (broken collar-bone as proof) but never looked back after the urethane wheels came along. Takes me back, thanks for that, Garreth.

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