The history of skateboarding

July 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

A beautiful state California gave the world a lot of necessary things, including skateboarding.

Skateboarding was invented in the beginning of the 50ties, when the American surfers decided not to waste time during calm weather, but ride on the boards outside the ocean. They stuck suspension and wheels from the roller skates to a usual flat board and started passing around the streets- that was the first skate in the world named “Roller Derby”. The main aim for skaters that time was to stay on board and go round the obstacles. Teenagers mostly used the first analogues of a skate as scooters, but anyway a skate was on its way of becoming popular. Soon the first commercial team “Super Surfer Skateboard Team” and some time later the first magazine which was called “Skateboarder” appeared.

One American enthusiast Larry Stevenson decided to promote skateboarding as a sport kind. By the early 60s in the USA the first team of skaters appeared and the first competitions took place. By the 70ties skaters invented in set of tricks, they stood on his hands on the board, did some unique things. The form of a skate was also changed, people started using new wider suspension and polyurethane wheels. There appeared real stars of skateboarding. When in the middle of the 70ties a crisis in the sphere of real estate happened in the USA, many villas and houses with pools were tenant less. Smooth, round walls of abandoned swimming pools were occupied by skateboarders, and that gave birth to a new style called vert skateboarding. In 1976 a special park for skaters was built.

Once a great skater Ollie Gelfand learned to jump on his skateboard without using his hands, and that gave way for forming one of the most important tricks in modern skateboarding. In the end of the 70ties thanks to Rodney Mallin the board underwent some changes: since that time the board has its ends curved, and that expanded the horizons for new tricks. Then skateboarding went to the background as teenagers took a greater interest in bmx bikes and roller skates.

In the 80ties some small competitions were organized in the USA and that caused a new wave of interest to skateboarding. And this interest is still alive: skaters create new tricks, establish schools, organize competitions.

In the early 80ties skateboarding occupies the street, forming such a movement called simply ‘street’. Skateboards production spins up. It is necessary to mention close connection between skateboarding and punk-rock. Having appeared almost simultaneously, they moved in the same direction and mixing of these cultures could be seen in clothes, demeanor, style of life. Skateboarders were compared with punks in many aspects and the relationships between the police and skaters were quite intense. Due to this close alliance of punk rock and skateboarding, many labels which were traditionally considered to be punk labels began releasing products for skateboarding, such as Vans and Converse. In the nineties, all the styles finally mixed up. Skateboarding became more an extreme sport. Now it’s very popular all around the world, and it’s hard to imagine the world of extreme sport without an old good skateboard.

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