Every sport has a history that 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 bit of interest.
All the different skaters who have invented moves, the different venues where these moves have been invented, the skaters who gave everything up for the sport are all part of skateboard history.
Skateboarding began with surfing. Surfing on the waves was not enough for these stalwarts, and so they decided to surf on the sidewalks, too, and so, a new sport was born.
In 1920’s, the first kind 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 next decade.
The next thing that marked skateboard history was a four-wheeled skateboard, called the skeeter skate. This had removable handles, and was fairly close to the skateboard we know of now.
The first time in skateboard history that rollerskate trucks were combined with a wooden plank, to make something similar to the skateboards of today, was in 1947. This was done by Peter Parken, a surfer in San Diego.
It was in the 1950’s that a form of skateboarding as we know it today 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 further when skateboards were manufactured commercially on a fairly large scale. The skateboards available then included the three-wheelers, as well.
It was only in 1963 that the first professional skateboards were manufactured, They were manufactured by Larry Stevenson and his wife. Skateboarding, though, was still influenced a lot by surfing. The techniques involved, the styles, even the fashion were all inspired by surfing. In fact, these skateboards were names 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 a bit more extreme, because skater started experimenting in swimming pools. Skateboarding, like any other extreme sport, was seen as unsafe, but documentaries and movies were made to change this concept.
By 1975, safety gear was developed, and this 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 for their passion – skateboards.
Source by Manuel Wiggins