Everyone has a desire to explore the unknown, adventure, and pleasure in their hearts. So we will find ways to satisfy ourselves in life like skydiving, conquering deserts, etc. And some people choose to skateboard.
Bystanders often worry about being branded a "lack of control" beacuse of skateboarding, which doesn't seem like a mainstream sport.
But skateboarders never care if they become mainstream. When they use their skateboards to shuttle through the streets, people can't help but take a few more glances. This is the charm of skateboarding.
As early as the 1950s and 1960s, surfing extended to skateboarding. Surfing was greatly affected by geographical and climatic conditions, while skateboarding was relatively free.
Skateboarding is not just a way of transportation, it is a way of life. Skateboarding has undergone a series of evolutions over the past 70 years.
1. The 1950s
Skateboards were invented in California and Hawaii in the early 1950s, using shorter pieces of metal for surfboards and wheels, but without bearings.
In the late 1950s, skateboarding reached its first peak. In 1959, the first official skateboard was released, and the skateboard underwent some technical innovations that improved its characteristics.
2. The 1960s
Skateboarding grew in popularity in the United States between 1959 and 1965. Due to industrial development, the status of skateboards has also changed from toys to sports equipment.
3. The 1970s
Skateboard hardware has been developed more and more. The shape changed, and the planks became wider, more concave, and featured a head and tail. Skaters with different styles have also added many new tricks.
In 1978, Alan Gelfand invented a move that revolutionized skateboarding - "Ollie", which revolutionized skateboarding.
4. The 1980s
Beginning in the mid-1980s, the skateboard industry boomed in the United States, and it was possible to make a lot of money as a professional skateboarder. In the late 1980s, a few companies began to dominate the international skateboard market, when fashion was largely determined by shoes.
Now that skateboarding is recognized in the U.S. and Germany, vertical skateboarding has been replaced by street skateboarding. The number of skateboarders has increased significantly, and professional skateboarders are becoming more and more famous, just like baseball or soccer stars.
5. The 1990s
In the early 1990s, skateboarding entered a deeper stage due to the increase in various trend sports. Skateboarding has remained in the public eye thanks to digitization.
6. The 21st century to present
Today, skateboarding is booming everywhere. Skateboard companies keep popping up and gradually gaining social recognition, skateboarding has become a job for many people.
After learning about the history of skateboarding, will you like it more? For most of us, skateboarding isn't just a hobby, it's an active attitude to life. As long as we have skateboards, we are forever young!