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The History of Skateboarding - Part 2

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We would like to take a minute and appreciate the fact that humans have wanted to careen around on wheels since forever. Some may think it’s a sign of human silliness, but we think it’s one of the coolest things about us. It means we need freedom and fun. It means we need skateboards.

We didn’t always have skateboards. We had rollerskates first, and as we said in our last blog, they did the job, but in a very duck-like way. Skateboards not only unite surfing and snowboarding, they do it with the panache of an orange vest-wearing time traveler showing a Hill Valley bully who’s boss. In today’s blog, we’re going to go back to the future and pick up skateboarding’s story in the 1960s!

Enough with the Metal Wheels Already

Once Roller Derby made mass-producing skateboards a thing, surfboard companies took notice. Why not cash in on surfboards made for the sidewalks? They developed clay wheels and mounted them in trucks specially-made for skating. In 1963, the first-ever skate contest was put on in Hermosa Beach, California, and skateboarding began its entrance into popular culture.

Skateboarding is a Gas!

Music and print embraced skateboarding in the 60s. Surfer Magazine printed four issues of a quarterly, called Skateboarder, and the musical group, Jan and Dean, performed “Sidewalk Surfing” on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Dean even did a few skateboarding tricks and rode a board across the stage. Kids watching the performance across the nation forgot their TV dinners and promised themselves to put skateboards on their Christmas lists.

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