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FC: History of Skateboarding | By:Jake Quier

1: The History of Skateboarding By: Jake Quier

2: The beginning of skateboarding started in the late 1950s' when surfing was at its peak.It was mainly attracted to surfers because it gave them a different feel from the waves.by 1959 the first roller derby skateboard was made and sold | The beggining of skateboarding started in the late 1950s' when surfing was at its peak.It was maily attarcted to surfers because it gave them a differnt feel from the waves.by 1959 the first roller derby skateboard was made and sold

3: In the early 1960s' companies like Laryy Stevenson's Makaha and Hobie Alter's Hobie begun to start making large quantities of skateboards. Skateboarding quickly started to become popular and companies were having trouble keeping up with high demand.

4: In 3 years over 3 million skateboards were made and sold. By that time the first skateboard contest was held in Hermosa Beach, CA in 1963. But in 1965 a group of safety "experts" claimed skating was unsafe and told stores not to sell them and people and parents not to buy them. Becasue of this happening skateboarding quickly died out

5: In an attack to fight the slump Larry Stevenson invented the kicktail. That Quit didn't help as much as he wanted it to. but soon after in 1973 the urethane wheel was invented completely changing the sport the wheel gave a different feel, more speed, and better traction, Skateboarding started to take a turn and come back.

6: Skateboarding stated seeing the making of concrete skate parks, professional skaters, movies and magazines. Near the end of the 1970s', spiraling insurance and slowing attendance forced mostly all the skate parks to close, and skateboarding entered it second drought.

7: In the 1980s" ramps made of plywood started to be built. This allowed skaters to make stuff in there backyard or go to empty lots, handrail and wall make free skateparks for skating. By the end of the 80s" skating was favored towards street skating type and the couple of first street skating pros were natas Kaupas and Mike Vallely.

8: Once the ollie was invented by Rodney Mullen it gave skating a huge jump. which ended up being used in 80% street tricks and 60% of vert tricks used it. Due in part to exposure it received from ESPN's first Extreme Games in Rhode Island. This helped skating out extremely and gave people a different view of the sport.

9: It soon went from being an underground sport to being a spectator sport. In the 90s' skinnier decks and small wheels were popular but now they range from wider sized decks and larger diameter wheels.

10: According to the transworld skateboarding business Summer 1998 Retailer Survey Shoes represented 26.5% of the market share, followed by decks (26%) apparel(16%),trucks (11.5%), wheels (11%), and accessories(9%). 2000s' pro skaters are making at least 1,00 to 10,000 dollars a month based on winnings(not including salary sponsors pay them).

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