Monday, March 1, 2010
The Origin of Skateboards
The first skateboards were made in the 1950’s but they didn’t start as skateboards. A two by four and roller skate wheels were put together along with a handle to make a scooter. The skateboard was invented when the handle of the scooter broke off. This all took place in California where surfing was popular. People began to believe that skateboarding could be like surfing except on land. The first skateboards began to sell in 1959 and were called Roller Derby Skateboards. When the 1960’s came around, many companies began selling skateboards. In just three years, over fifty million skateboards were bought by people across America. The first skateboard competition took place in 1963 at Hermosa Beach, California. Skateboard sales declined two years later because experts were saying that they were unsafe. In the 1970’s skateboards were upgraded and made bigger. The kicktail allowed new tricks to be performed. Also, skateparks were created for a place to do tricks on ramps. Since the 1980’s, skateboarding has been very similar as to what it is now. New tricks have been done and new skateboarders have become famous. Who would have ever thought that a broken scooter could become something so popular?