The Birth of Skateboarding
The history of skateboarding dates back to the 1940s when children in California started attaching wheels from roller skates to wooden boards and riding down hills. These were the early experiments with this new mode of transportation.
In the 1950s and '60s, skateboards began to be commercially produced, but they were far from the sleek boards we have today. They were flat, heavy, and difficult to control.
The 1970s Skateboarding Revolution
It wasn't until the 1970s that a true revolution in skateboarding occurred. Decks underwent significant changes, adding concave shapes and introducing new manufacturing techniques. This era marked the birth of skate culture, with the first competitions and the emergence of professional skateboarders.
In the 1980s, skateboarding gained even more popularity thanks to films and magazines dedicated to the sport. It was also a time when the first tricks and riding styles, such as the "ollie" and "kickflip," began to take shape.
Skateboarding has gone through many phases of development and change, but it has never stopped evolving. Today, it is not only a sport but also a cult culture, closely linked to music, fashion, and street art.
In 2020, skateboarding garnered even more international attention with its debut at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. This symbolic event demonstrates how far this sport has come.