5 Skateboarding Facts You Need to Know
Skateboarding has gone a long way from simply being an alternative to surfing to a world-renowned sport. In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 9,281,500 skateboarders in 2009 and the numbers keep on growing. If you are a fan of this sport, here are five interesting facts about skateboarding that you should know:
Skateboarding culture in the U.S. was born in California when locals found that the ocean waves were not good enough for surfing. They looked for something else to do and created a “land surfboard with wheels.” The first skateboards date back to the early 1900s when they still looked like scooters. These ancestors of the modern skateboard had handles. They even used a wooden base and attached milk crates to them.
The first commercial skateboard debuted in 1959. It was given the name “Roller Derby Skateboard.” Manufacturers used clay to make the wheels and it was only in the 1970s that the polyurethane wheel technology was added to the modern-day skateboard. This is all thanks to Frank Nasworthy.
From 1978 to 1989, skateboards were banned in Norway. The government moved to ban skateboards after a spike in the numbers of people getting hurt due to skateboarding. During this time, even the sale and ownership of skateboards were banned across the country.
The Norwegian didn’t let the government ban on skateboards stop the fun, however. Dedicated fans of the sport created ramps in forests and other secluded areas to practice in secret. Perhaps it was the start of the creation of the different rail designs we see today. At present, you can buy flat skate rails, adjustable round rails, and many other designs online or from a local skate shop.
The first skate park in the U.S. opened in Florida in 1976. Apart from giving sports fans a safe place to practice, it also paved the way for the now-popular sport that has earned fans all over the world.
Skateboarding is a sport enjoyed by many people across all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds. Whether you are an avid skateboarder or simply a fan of the sport, these trivia about skateboarding show how far the sport has gone.