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Skateboards Over Time

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Jack Smith

on 14 April 2018

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Skateboards Over Time
Original: 1950's Skateboard
Originally created in Southern California in the mid 50's, this board was made by surfers who wanted a way to surf when there were no waves, so they attached roller skates to a wooden board, hence, creating the "skate" "board". These boards were only created in mind of mimicking surfing on land, so they were only capable of turning and cruising, eventually picking up the nickname "sidewalk surfing".
Criteria to be a Skateboard
Must:
Have a deck.
Have trucks.
Have wheels.
Be ride-able.
Mid 90's - Today Skateboard
Today's skateboards are built to be able to be used for anything skate related, but at the same time be able to due an almost infinite amount of tricks. This version of the skateboard added pivotal components like twin tip nose and tails, board concave, new style trucks, and smaller wheels. With these enhancements skaters can now pop tricks with either part of the board due to the twin tips, grind any surface due to the new stronger trucks, and flip any trick possible with ease due to the board concave and smaller wheels. Not only this, boards are made out of stronger wood now so they can be capable of taking huge impacts too without breaking!
1980's - Early 90's Skateboard
By this time, people are starting to realize the possibilities of skateboarding, so boards started changing to enhance what skaters could do. With this version, boards became wider, griptape was added to the top of the boards, and slide rails were added to the bottom of the boards. At this time street and vert skating was taking off, so the wider board made vert riding easier, the griptape allowed skaters to flick new tricks, and the grind rails allowed skaters to do boardslides without breaking their boards. Due to these changes many new tricks like the Kickflip and boardslide were invented and skaters were now allowed to do more out the park tricks like skate street.
1970's Skateboard
Conclusion
Over time, skateboards have gotten better and more complex to meet skaters needs and allow them to do more and more difficult things on their board. So, it's obvious, today's version of the skateboard is by far the best simply due to the capabilities you have with it. You can do everything you could have done with a previous version of the skateboard and more! You can cruise down the streets like surfers did with the original boards in the 50's, or you can nollie treflip a 9 stair, the possibilities are nearly endless! This is why skateboarding is so popular today, anyone could pick up a board and do what they want with it, there are no limitations due to the board like previous versions. The skateboards of today are the greatest version of the skateboard due to it being the most versatile by far, no other board compares.
With this version, many pivotal parts of the skateboard were changed. The width increased around two inches, the wheels changed from metal or clay to polyurethane, ball bearings were added to the wheels, and most importantly, the addition of the kicktail debuted. This opened up a new world of skateboarding. Skaters were now allowed more fluid turns and riding due to the new wheels and bearings, bringing skateboarding to new places like vert ramps and pools. The kicktail introduced tricks to skateboarding due to skaters now being able to pop their board. New tricks were invented, but limited, in this decade like aerials, inverts, and most importantly, the Ollie.
Here is a video showing just a few of the possibilities our current day skateboards give us. You'll be able to tell by the first minute no other type of skateboard can even compare to the ones we ride now!
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