Every game has a history which you should be aware of before you decide to try it. Extreme sports are no exception – skateboard history is a field that has garnered quite a lot of interest.
All the different skaters who have devised moves, the various venues where these moves are invented, the skaters who gave up everything for the sport are all part of skateboard history.
Skateboarding began with surfing. Surfing on the waves wasn’t enough for these stalwarts, and so they decided to surf on the sidewalks, also, and thus, a new game was born.
In 1920’s, the first sort of skateboard to be sold was a contraption that was meant to mimic cross-country skiing, more than anything else. This was the predecessor of the three-wheeled scooter skate of the following decade.
The next thing that marked skateboard history was a four-wheeled skateboard, known as the skeeter skate. This had removable handles, and was rather close to the skateboard we know of now.
The first time in skateboard history that rollerskate trucks were united with a wooden plank, to make something similar to the skateboards of today, was in 1947.
Around this time, kids started making their own skateboards, with planks of wood and rollertrucks.
In the sixties, skateboard history moved a step farther when skateboards were manufactured commercially on a rather large scale. The skateboards available then contained the three-wheelers, as well.
It was only in 1963 that the first professional skateboards were fabricated, They were fabricated by Larry Stevenson and his wife. Skateboarding, however, was still influenced a lot by surfing. The techniques involved, the fashions, even the style were inspired by surfing. In fact, these skateboards were titles Makaha Phil Edwards, after a legendary surfer. The first skateboard competition was also held at this time.
It was around 1965 that skateboarding began to come off the sidewalks and become somewhat more intense, because skater began experimenting in swimming pools. Skateboarding, like any other extreme sport, was viewed as dangerous, but documentaries and movies were made to change this idea.
By 1975, safety equipment was developed, and this made the world take skateboarding a little more easily.
It was in the seventies which skateboarding as we know today really took flight. This was an epoch marking decade in history. From then till now, there have been many winners that have laid their bodies and souls on the line for their passion – skateboards.