Every game has a history that you ought to know about 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 that have invented moves, the different venues where these moves have been devised, the skaters who gave everything up for the sport are part of skateboard history.
Skateboarding started with surfing. Surfing on the waves wasn’t enough for these stalwarts, and thus they decided to surf on the sidewalks, too, and so, a new game was born.
In 1920’s, the first kind of skateboard to be sold was a contraption which was meant to mimic cross-country skiing, more than anything else. This was the predecessor of this three-wheeled scooter skate of the following decade.
The next thing that indicated skateboard history was a four-wheeled skateboard, known as the skeeter skate. This had removable handles, and was fairly near the skateboard we know of now.
The first time in skateboard history that rollerskate trucks were united with a wooden plank, to make something like the skateboards of now, was in 1947.
It was in the 1950’s that a kind of skateboarding as we know it now made an appearance, and surfers embraced it wholeheartedly. Around this time, children 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, also.
It was only in 1963 that the first professional skateboards were fabricated, They were fabricated by Larry Stevenson and his wife. Skateboarding, however, was influenced a lot by browsing. The techniques involved, the styles, even the fashion were inspired by surfing. In fact, these skateboards were names Makaha Phil Edwards, after a legendary surfer.
It was around 1965 that skateboarding started to come off the sidewalks and become somewhat more intense, because skater started experimenting in swimming pools. Skateboarding, like any other extreme sport, was seen as unsafe, but documentaries and films were created to change this idea.
By 1975, security equipment was developed, which made the world accept skateboarding a little more easily.
It was in the seventies that skateboarding as we know today really took flight. This was an epoch marking decade in skateboard history. From then till now, there have been many champions who have laid their bodies and souls on the line because of their passion – skateboards.