Skateboarding is not only a sport, it’s a lifestyle and an art.
Skateboarding was probably born sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s when surfers in California wanted something to surf when the waves were flat. No one knows who made the first board. The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop. The shop owner, Bill Richard, made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce sets of skate wheels, which they attached to square wooden boards.
The popularity of skateboarding began booming when surfing manufacturers such as Makaha started building skateboards that resembled small surfboards, and assembled teams to promote their products. The popularity of skateboarding at this time spawned a national magazine, Skateboarder Magazine, and the 1965 international championships were broadcast on national television. In the early 1970s, Frank Nasworthy started to develop a skateboard wheel made of polyurethane, calling his company Cadillac Wheels. Prior to this new material, skateboards wheels were metal or “clay” wheels. From the wheel’s release in 1972 the popularity of skateboarding started to rise rapidly again, causing companies to invest more in product development.
The current generation of skateboards is dominated by street skateboarding. Most boards are about 71⁄4 to 8 inches wide and 30 to 32 inches long. The wheels are made of an extremely hard polyurethane. As of today there are about 18.5 million skateboarders in the world, 74% are male.
I began Skateboarding in 2009, and it has been my passion ever since. Skateboarding in my opinion, is a bigger commitment than marriage. You have to put everything you have into this sport: time, money, blood, sweat and tears. So to get to the point, I dedicated an entire blog to nothing but skateboarding.