A brief history of skateboarding
Skateboarding finds its origins in the 1950’s, when surfers all across California, USA tried to find ways to surf not only on the sea but on the streets of their neighborhoods as well. No one really knows who made the very first board, instead, it seems that different people from different regions in California developed similar ideas of skate boarding.
These first skateboarders initially where just wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. You can imagine how uncomfortable and difficult that was. So of course, a lot of people got injured trying to find the best application for this revolutionary new form of recreation. Eventually, the boxes turned into planks, and soon various companies were producing decks of pressed layers of wood — similar to the skateboard decks of today. During this time, skateboarding was still seen as something to do for fun after or instead of surfing, when the surfing conditions were not good.
In these decades the popularity of skateboarding fluctuated. Most people considered skateboarding as a fad, but it continued to appeal to a significant group of dedicated recreational practitioners. Skateboarding was still a dangerous ordeal and skateboards or separate parts where still hard to come by. But then in 1972, Frank Nasworthy invented urethane skateboard wheels, which are similar to what most skaters use today. His company was called Cadillac Wheels, and the invention sparked new interest in skateboarding among surfers and other young people.
Since that time, skateboarding has developed to a largely spread form of recreation and sport worldwide, with all kinds of different variations, with their own different events, champions and heroes.
Skateboarding still hasn`t stopped evolving since its birth, and skaters are coming up with new tricks and applications all the time. Boards are also continuing to evolve, as companies and individual skateboarders try to make them lighter and stronger. Skateboarding has always been about personal discovery and pushing oneself to the limit, but where will skateboarding go from here? Wherever skaters continue to take it.