Skateboarding was born in theearly 1950’s when surfers inCalifornia wanted something tosurf when the waves were flat.These first skateboardersstarted with woodenboxes attached to a 30inch two-by-four withroller skate wheelsattached on the bottom.
In the mid 1960’s, skateboardingstarted to become less popular.People thought it was another fadthat would die out. Companiesstarted to shut down and those wholoved skateboarding had to maketheir boards from scratch.
In the 1970’s, kicktails on skateboards were invented by LarryStevenson. With this kicktail, skateboarders were able toinvent and land new tricks. Also in the 1970’s, urethane wheelswere invented. They provided much better traction and speed.Skateboarders would skate in empty pools and cylindricalpipes for the first time.
During the 1980′s, skateboarders started to create theirown skateboard company. These were smaller companiesbut this enabled each company to be creative and dowhatever they wanted – creating new styles and shapesof skateboards.
Skateboarding had become more andmore popular each year. The impact ofmedia coverage on skateboarding hasmoved it from an underground sport to aspectator sport.
In 1976, Alan Gelfand invented the Ollie. He named thetrick after his nickname “Ollie”. The Ollie is the singletrick that completely revolutionized skateboarding .
BASIC INFO:Birthdate: May 12, 1968Birth place: San Diego, CaliforniaTony was 9 years old when he first started skateboarding. When he was 12, he waswinning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 hewas widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. By the timehe was 25, he’d competed in 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them. Tony was the firstskater to land the 900.