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The History of Skateboarding - Part 1

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In one of the most iconic scenes of Back to the Future, Marty McFly snatches a crate-board from a kid, snaps the crate off, and introduces the modern skateboard to Hill Valley (and, apparently, the world) while putting the bully, Bif, in his place. The awestruck expressions on the Hill Valley kids’ faces is one of the most relatable aspects of the movie.

Unfortunately, as far as we know, Marty McFly isn’t responsible for the evolution of the skateboard (if he was, we would have hoverboards right now). The good news is, skateboarding history still rocks. We’re going to take the next few blogs to walk you through skateboarding’s awesome story.

Let’s Rollerskate, Quack-Quack

Before skateboards, there were rollerskates. In the 40s and 50s, people waddled around with metal roll-y contraptions strapped to their feet. We don’t have anything against rollerskating, but we’re glad people thought to mount both skates on one board so they didn’t look like thrill-seeking ducks. The common design was just what you see in Back to the Future - a wheeled board with a crate nailed to the front for extra stability. However, the daring Marty McFlys of the time removed the crate and laid the foundations for our modern skateboards.

Time to Get Real

In 1959, a company called “Roller Derby” created the first mass-produced skateboard, a basic wooden platform with metal wheels. Skateboards had officially hit the market and were there to stay!

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