The History of Skateboarding1900 - 1954: Various wheels and eventually skates are attached to board as kids go careening out of control.1954: Peter Craycroft goes into his garage, cuts a 16’ length of 2X4, adheres non skid, attaches side rail & the number 4, tears apart his sistersskates and in nailing them to the bottom, creating the ﬁrst modern board . It is designed to maximize turning, quick response, torque and speed.1958: Other’s catch on and the sport begins to blossom. As surﬁng becomes more popular, skating becomes a way to surf when there are no waves—"sidewalk surﬁng."1959: "Roller Derby" mass produces a skateboard with metal wheels.1963-66: Surfboard companies like Makaha and Hobie start making better-quality skateboards with clay wheels and trucks that are made forskating. The ﬁrst skate contest is put on in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1963.In 1964, the musical group Jan and Dean appear on Dick Clarks American Bandstand and sing "Sidewalk Surﬁng." Dean does a few simple tricksand rides the board across the stage.Around this time, Surfer Magazine puts out a quarterly magazine called Skateboarder. Only four issues are printed. This same year, ABC Wide Worldof Sports broadcasts the Skateboarding Championships.1973: With the invention of urethane wheels, new possibilities emerge. What once was a noisy, bumpy ride is now smooth and silent. Banks andditches become skateable, as these new wheels can grip the concrete. Surfers like Larry Bertlemann inspire a new and radical form of skating, assurﬁng begins to turn toward a shorter board with more ﬂuid moves. From this point on, skating will never be the same.1973-75: Fiberglass boards made by surf shops out of ﬁn material become popular with the surf crowd. Companies experiment making skateboarddecks, using everything from wood to aluminum. The ﬁrst full-length skate movie, Spinnin Wheels, is released.1976-78: The California drought forces homeowners to drain their pools. Though skaters have been riding swimming pools since the introduction ofurethane wheels the previous year, they now view the empty pools as territory to be conquered. New tricks are invented daily—aerials, inverts, andthe ollie. Many concrete parks are also being built, and the ﬁrst professional skaters begin to receive notice. However, many skate parks are forcedto close because of low attendance and high insurance rates.1980s: Street skating turns handrails and walls into free skate parks. Skater-owned companies become more and more common.1990s: Skateboarding takes a giant step into the mainstream with the 1995 ESPNs Extreme Games, becoming more of a spectator sport. By the late90s, skating appears in commercials for everything from soft drinks to phone companies. Fashion trends begin to reﬂect the inﬂuence of the skatingcrowd.2000: Skating can now be enjoyed by children as young as two, but the majority of skaters range from early teens to twenties. Many cities have builthigh quality skate parks, and a number of camps and lessons are available to young people. Some families even enjoy skating as a family activity.2006: Scholastic News Online launches a special report dedicated to skateboarding—"Kids On Board."
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