Skateboarding History and Developments From 1950s to 2015

skateboarding legsThis lifetime depicts the skateboarding history, developments and notable milestones that would help you get a better understanding of skateboarding and how skateboards evolved. This timeline covers the biggest and most crucial milestones in the history of skateboarding spanning from 1950s to Present.

1950s- The start of skateboarding

The California surfers first created skateboards as a means of surfing the concrete streets. Documentation of the person who made the first board are unavailable. Several people seemed to have come up with the same idea at the same time. Those people who claimed to have invented the skateboard can’t prove their claims.

The first skateboards were prepared with wooden boxes that had roller skate wheels slapped on the bottom. When these boxes turned into planks, companies started producing decks made of pressed layers of wood.

1960s – Introduction of manufactured skateboards

The start of the year 1960 saw the emergence of compressed wooden decks – The first manufactured skateboards. Some of the popular mainstreams include; The Scooter Skate, Skee Skate, Roller Derby, Sincor, Sokol SurfSkate, Super Surfer, Hang Ten and others. Massive production followed from that point forward.

1970s – Rapid Growth of Skateboarding

longboarder on the spotSkateboarding took an evolutionary growth to set the foundations of the sport we see today. In 1972, Frank Nasworthy invented the urethane wheels and started a company known as Cadillac Wheels. This invention gave skateboard the boost it needed to become a sport.

In 1975, the Zephyr team from California showed the world a glimpse of what skateboarding could be. The team rode their boards high up to the joy of the public. The teams notable members include; Jay Adam, Tony Alva, and Stacy Peralta.

In 1978 – Insurance rates for skateboarding increased due to the risks of the sport. Fewer people began using the skate parks and this negatively affected the popularity of the sport.

In the same year (1978), a skater by the name Alam Gelfand alias Ollie invented a skating maneuver that gave skateboarding a revolutionary jump. This move involved slamming the back foot down on the tail of the board and jumping, then popping yourself and the board in the air. This trick revolutionized skateboarding and many tricks were started from this move.

1980s – Skateboarding became more influential.

The freestyle skating remained quite common. Pioneers like Rodney Mullet invented many basic tricks involved in the modern street skating. Notable of his tricks was the kickflip. Skateboarding began having an influence on clothing, music, and the overall culture. Professional skateboarders such as George Powell and Stacey Peralta created the Powell Peralta Company. Talented skateboarders came together to form a team known as Bones Brigade.

1990s – Street Skateboarding and Extreme Games.

JumpSkateboarding took the dimensions of becoming a professional commercial sport. Street skateboarding and X games first came into limelight. Vert skateboarding and CBS covering of the skating events cropped up. Media gets its full energy in skateboarding, criticizing noting developments all aimed at improving the sport.

2004 – This year saw the founding of the International Skateboarding Federation. This federation takes the lead in taking skateboarding to Olympics.

7th March 2004 – The Go Skateboarding Day

2005 – Danny Way set a skateboarding world record by jumping over the Great Wall of China using his board.


More composite and lightweight materials are making their way in the manufacture of skateboards. The Hydroflex 3D-Glassing and other technologies are leading the line to produce better boards. Foam has totally replaced wood in surfboard production.

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