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5 Curiosities Everyone Should Know About Skateboarding

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.

 

The American Sports Data estimated that there are 40.5 million skateboarders worldwide; 84% being under 18 years old, of which 74% are men and 26% women. Even though these numbers prove that we need more amazing girl

skateboarders like beautiful Leticia Bufoni, we’re pretty damn sure that the number of girl skaters was lower before and that we have a community of both boy and girl skaters that is growing exponentially. Here come 5 curiosities that everyone should know about skateboarding.

 

SKATEBOARDING IS A DERIVATION OF SURFING

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Emerged in California. The 'surfers' of the late 1950s experienced the desire to surf even on asphalt, so they invented a wooden board with wheels that gave them the ability to move as if the asphalt were waves.

 

PIER AVENUE

In 1963, the first known skate championship was held on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, California, sponsored by Makaha. It was not only about moving, but skaters would begin to measure their skills in different disciplines such as slalom or freestyle.

 

SKATEBOARDERS HONOR CODE

There is an honor code between skateboarders. In this sport there is a fundamental rule: "you will never laugh at a skater who is learning or doesn't know how to do something well"; The skateboarder community is like a family, so we know that we have to support each other to grow. Empathy and respecting others are gold values for us.

 

SKATEBOARDING WHEELS

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Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

The history of skateboarding wheels is also a long one. They began to be marketed and mass produced in 1950. But at first, they were made of metal. In the 1960s, when manufacturers saw that they were not working well, they switched to clay. They improved speed but were still difficult to control due to poor grip. And they were short-lived. Fortunately, Frank Nasworthy appeared in the 70s, who invented urethane wheels.

 

THE INVENTION OF SKATE TRICKS

Almost everyone knows who invented the Ollie, but perhaps not so many people know the inventor of many common tricks of today's street skateboarding. It was Rodney Mullen, who invented more than 30 tricks, among which stand out the Kickflip, the Heelflip and the 360 Flip.

 

 

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THE RHYTHM OF A SKATEBOARDER

Skateboarders follow the style of the skateboarders of the 60s - 80s, so it is normal to find us listening to jazz, hip-hop, rap or reggae while practicing. Some of us feel that these songs are what motivate us to skate and many times we put in "repeat" one that inspires us with a trick. However, now we are open to any type of musical genre, the important thing is that it helps us bring out the best of ourselves while we skate. 

 

 

Read also: How To Teach Skateboarding To Children

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