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Who made up skateboarding?


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September 22, 2009 7:37PM

There is no definitive origin or inventor of the skateboard. One proposed origin is that skateboards arose in the 1930s and 1940s, when children would participate in soapbox races, using soap-boxes attached to wooden planks on rollerskate wheels. When the soap-box became detached from the plank, children would ride these primitive "skateboards". However, there are arguments that this origin is not accurate, and that it has simply been taken from the film Back to the Future. Another suggests that the skateboard was created directly from the adaptation of a single roller skate taken apart and nailed to a 2x4, without the soapbox at all. Surfers would skate when the waves were flat and began skating to recreate surfing on land, some surfers began to do tricks on the land such as Bert slides and Power slides. In 1972 the first Urethane wheels came out into production which made these tricks possible. Some of the most well known beginning skaters, the "Z-boys" named after their Zepher surf shop, used a more fluid motion then most skaters at the time and styled themselves after a famous surfer. the skaters brought back the trend from its slump in 1975 during the Del mar competition where they wowed audiences by the close to ground maneuvers and fluid movements. The main types of skating during this time were Slalom, long jump, free style, and downhill racing. Later during the drought of California the Z-boys and other skaters started to skate empty pools thus creating vert skating and later on one of the group's members Tony Alva would perform the worlds first Aerial in a swimming pool.

Retail skateboards were first marketed in 1958 by Bill and Mark Richard of Dana Point, California. They attached roller skate wheels from the Chicago Roller Skate Company to a plank of wood and sold them in their Val Surf Shops. Later on as skateboarding became more popular a man named Larry Stevenson created the "kick tail" on a skateboard which led to the design of the trick board. The sport of skating was considered to be and outcast sport because of its strong ties to punk and the rebel movement during the 90s, it was until the 2000s X games that skateboarding made a new name for itself as an official sport.