A Brief History of Skateboarding

Skateboarding is an extreme sport with an interesting history. The first skateboards were designed in the late 1950s as a way for surfers to enjoy the sport on days when there were no waves. The “sidewalk surfing” craze started out small. There were hardly any tricks, and skateboards were made to simply roll along pavement. But as manufacturing materials made urethane wheels possible, skateboarders were able to perform more tricks and tighter maneuvers. The droughts in California in the mid-1970s caused homeowners to drain their pools, which led to the development of gravity-defying aerials and inverts. Since those days, skating became a lifestyle, not just a sport.

“Life is a lot like skateboarding.”
-Lil Wayne

“For me, skateboarding is a lifestyle. I really don’t know anything different. My life revolves around skating. If I wasn’t a professional skateboarder, I’d still be skating every day.”
-Ryan Sheckler

“Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries – and you just learn how to take a tumble out of it without getting hurt.”
-Bam Margera

“Skateboarding was everything to us growing up. It changes the way you see the world: you spend all day looking for ditches.”
-Harmony Korine

“I feel like skateboarding is as much of a sport as a lifestyle, and an art form, so there’s so much that that transcends in terms of music, fashion, and entertainment.”
-Tony Hawk

“All I wanted to do was ride skateboards – I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. But I had this problem. I kept breaking half of my body skateboarding.”
-Travis Barker

“In 2002, in this country, there was an observation that for the first time in America, more kids were actively pursuing skateboarding than baseball.”
-Stephen Baldwin

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