1. Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using askateboard. Skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method oftransportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboardersthroughout the years. A 2002 report found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in theworld. 85 percent of skateboarders polled who had used a board in the last year were underthe age of 18, and 74 percent were male.
2. Skateboarding was first started in the 1950s, when all across California surfers got the idea oftrying to surf the streets. No one really knows who made the first board -- instead, it seems thatseveral people came up with similar ideas at the same time. Several people have claimed to haveinvented the skateboard first, but nothing can be proved, and skateboarding remains a strangespontaneous creation. These first skateboarders started with wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels slappedon the bottom. Like you might imagine, a lot of people got hurt in skate boardings early years! Itwas a sport just being born and discovered, so anything went. The boxes turned into planks, andeventually companies were producing decks of pressed layers of wood -- similar to theskateboard decks of today. During this time, skateboarding was seen as something to do for funafter surfing.In 1963, skateboarding was at a peak of popularity, and companies like Jacks, Hobie andMakaha started holding skateboarding competitions. At this time, skateboarding was mostlyeither downhill slalom or freestyle. Torger Johnson, Woody Woodward and Danny Berer weresome well known skateboarders at this time, but what they did looked almost completelydifferent from what skateboarding looks like today! Their style of skateboarding, called"freestyle", is more like dancing ballet or ice skating with a skateboard.
3. What first drew you to skateboarding? And what keeps driving you?Rodney Mullen - Skating first appealed to me because of the type of people that did it, plusthe fact it wasnt organized or coached. There was no "perfect swing" to master; everybodydid things their own way, and every way seemed "right." There was nobody telling me that Iwasnt good enough, or that I should be more like the other guy, or that I had to beat theother guy... Even at contests, skaters didnt seem to be competing against each other;everybody just did their own thing, together. What drives me is pretty simple: I loveskateboarding. It helps me be me; its how I feel free. When no one is filming, what’s your skating like? Rodney Mullen - Embarrassing. I just cruise around and build on movements that seem to offer promise for whats next for me, or just simple motions that feel good depending on the spot. Im not that interested in repeating hard stuff that doesnt point to something new; I try to keep my eye on whats weak about my skating. Plenty of that to work with... I almost always skate alone, in the middle of the night-- no cameras and stuff. Its my time.
4. I think the main influence is that ifeveryone does it then people feelthey have to do it and then they endup liking it quite a lot and they skateby peer pressure and again end upliking it
5. The Melbourne Shuffle (also known as Rocking or simply The Shuffle) is a rave and club dancethat originated in the late 1980s in the underground rave music scene in Melbourne, Australia.The basic movements in the dance are a fast heel-and-toe action with a style suitable for varioustypes of electronic music. Some variants incorporate arm movements. People who dance theshuffle are often referred to as rockers, due in part to the popularity of shuffling to rock music inthe early 1990s. Shuffling originated from Stomping, which in turn originated from previous historical Celtic dances. Stomping originally incorporated tap and traditional ballet -style foot shuffling. The clog and sword dance can easily be matched to some earlier experimental rave and club dance moves that evolved into Stomping.
6. In the late 80s, the Melbourne Shuffle began to emerge as a distinct dance, incorporating more hand movement than its predecessor, Stomping. Break beat and techno music was gradually replaced with the more hardcode forms of rave music, such as hard trance. When b-boys started attending Shuffling dance events, they brought in their own set of hip hop dance moves, for example, the running man and gliding. Ever since these hip hop influences became predominant, the Melbourne Shuffle has also been practiced outside of raves (a characteristic of hip hop dance culture). Where the Melbourne Shuffle was originally danced, the places were not considered to be named raves, but rather dance parties.A number of videos documenting the style during this era exist as the style increased inpopularity. There are many variations of this dance but the main heel-to-toe movement remainedthe key motion, giving it the name "the Melbourne Shuffle". Notably arm-movements are muchmore prevalent than in later renditions of the dance.
7. i think the main influencesIwould be peers and the popband lmfao for there songeveryday Im shuffling. Andwhen you shuffle and put it tomusic it looks cool as well
8. A longboard generally can be as short or as long as the rider desires; the most popularrange is about 36 to 60 inches. As well as being usually longer than a trick deck skateboardlongboards may also be equipped with larger, softer wheels which afford a smoother ride.However, there are many different uses for longboards, as shown below. Since longboardsuse softer bushings than a typical tech skateboard, carving is generally easier. Some trucksuse springs instead of bushings, such as Seismic trucks or Original trucks. Original trucksalso feature a wave-cam mechanism to control the lean and turn of the truck. The truck canusually be slightly wider than the board but this is not always the case.The most basic use of a longboard is travel. Commuter designs take many differentshapes, including long, wide cruisers as well as shorter hybrid type boards. Their trucksare designed to be loose to allow for sharper turns. It is useful to have a kicktail on acommuting longboard in order to corner on sidewalks and to lift the front of the boardwhen riding off curbs. Also, one may prefer a shorter board, around 24"-35" forcommuting, as well as medium sized wheels (65mm-75mm) which help commutersmanoeuvre bumps, cracks and other minor surface obstacles.
9. Longboarding, also referred to as "sidewalk surfing", is an offshoot of street skatingthat combines surfing and skateboarding. It originated in Hawaii around the late1950s and was further developed as a sport on the West Coast of the United States,primarily in California in the 1970s. Surfers were seeking a similar ride in the streetswhen the waves were flat. By the 1990s, a resurgence in board sports such asskateboarding and snowboarding was seen, and the "board culture" grew significantly.They would imitate the moves of surfing a wave by skimming their hands across the ground,carving quickly, changing their positioning on the board and trying to keep everything flowing.Longboarding or Skateboarding wasn’t what it was originally called. It was actually calledSidewalk Surfing. It wasn’t until 1959 when longboarding/skateboarding hit the market place.Skateboards were sold all over the place, toy stores, convenient stores, etc. Makaha, was thefirst professional board distributor. Gordan and Smith made the first fiberglass boards, morepopularly they were also known as G&S. But, of course, these things were very dangerous at thistime in our history.
10. I think some of the maininfluences would be peers andjust the thrill and rush of itspeeding down hills. Anotherreason people ride them iscause there cheaper then cars