continuous ups and downs in popularity since its beginnings in
skateboarding first arose in the imaginations of American kids,
whose first skateboards were homemade constructions of old skate
wheels stuck to planks of plywood.
"oddball" reputation it endured, skateboarding finally
went mainstream thanks to a major marketing push by Hobie, Makaha
and other skateboard manufacturers that sprung up in the 1960's.
went on to enjoy varying levels of appeal - from outright craze
to small pockets of localized enthusiasm.
highlights include stunning tricks first performed in California
in the 1970's by the famous Z-boys
who skated the vertical walls of empty backyard swimming pools,
in effect becoming the first vert skaters. That soon led to even
more dangerous tricks, such as slash grinds and frontside/backside
skateboarding frenzy ebbed once again in the 1980's, the last
two decades have nevertheless witnessed a steady interest in ever
more exotic flips, jumps and aerials on urban streets.
ramps are also popular in suburban backyards and shopping malls
- kickflipping the skateboarding craze into the 21st century as
both a competitive sport and weekend pastime.
Web, discover more about the topic at expert sites covering the
history of skateboarding, tips and tricks to mastering basic moves,
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Board City - Like it says, with everything you ever wanted
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- History, trivia and fun facts are all here at Wikipedia with
more on current trends, tricks and stunts popular worldwide, with
related links & resources.