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The History of Skateboarding

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Video Transcript:

In recent history, skateboarding has become a pop-culture phenomenon. You see it in everything from TV advertisements to fashion shows and for the first time ever, skateboarding will be introduced in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

But skateboarding hasn’t always had the mass appeal you see today.

Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, skateboarding was born out of the boredom of surfers when the waves were no good. They would remove the wheels from roller skates and attach them to a piece of wood to create a skateboard.

By the 1960s, skateboarding’s popularity had grown with the rise of surf culture. Contests were held all over and the first sponsored skateboarders were beginning to emerge. However, the popularity of skating in the ’60s dropped just as fast as it rose.

The 1970s brought along one of the most important changes for the skateboarding world. The advent of the urethane wheel, which allowed skaters to ride faster and over rougher types of ground than ever before.

In 1976, a horrible drought in Southern California forced most homeowners with backyard swimming pools to drain them, giving way to the birthplace of pool skating. This was the first major shift in how people rode their skateboards. No longer were they limited to the abysmal flat grounds of parking lots and sidewalks.

The 1980s were a time of renaissance for skateboarding. People were constantly inventing new tricks, pros were earning unheard of amounts of money, and skateboarder owned companies were thriving.

The favorable terrain for most of this era was vert. And even though there was a high level of progression occurring, to the untrained eye, skateboarding had gone stale and the popularity once again fell flat.

This lull in skateboarding led to the introduction of street skating, which brings us into the 1990s. Skating during this era was at its most raw. Skaters took to the streets to find new terrain, abandoning traditional skateparks for something that felt more natural and could be done anywhere, by anyone. This meant skating things that occur almost anywhere like sets of stairs, handrails, benches, curbs, and just about anywhere four wheels can roll.

From there, skateboarding has been on a non-stop uphill climb to what it is today.

At its core, skateboarding has traditionally been for the underdogs, the outcasts, the misfits, and as a result, has been thought of negatively by a large majority of outsiders for most of its existence. But now, with generations of young adults who grew up with skateboarding, and the exposure at an all-time high, the future of skateboarding is looking bright.

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