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The History of Skateboarding - Part 3

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Though Marty McFly didn’t actually invent the skateboard, we can hope that he foretold its next phase: hovering above the ground. Until then, we have to make do with grounded skateboards, and we have to admit, they really aren’t that bad, especially when you know the first skateboard was metal roller skates mounted on a plank of wood. Imagine trying to cruise or do an ollie with one of those!

We’ve been tracing the history of skateboards, and our last blog took us through the 60s, when skateboards with clay wheels made it out of obscurity and into magazines and evening TV shows. Today, we’re headed into the 70s, some of the most exciting times in skateboarding history.

No More Rattling Teeth!

The early 70s brought urethane wheels, which dramatically revolutionized the young skateboard industry. Noisy, bumpy clay wheels were retired for silent, smooth wheels that gripped the concrete, and suddenly, ditches and banks were skateable. Inspired by the expanding territory, surfers brought their style to skateboarding. One surfer in particular, named Larry Bertleman, brought fluid movements to skateboarding and changed it forever.

No More Creaky Wood!

The mid-seventies saw surf shops making boards out of fiberglass surfboard fins. These popular innovations led to companies experimenting with every material they could, including aluminum and bamboo. Additionally, skateboarding made its movie debut in Spinnin’ Wheels.

Hoverboards may seem a long ways away, but skateboards have proven their ability to go the distance.See how far you can go when you buy skateboards online with us today!