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Roller Derby: The First Commercial Skateboard

By Andres Pachon

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


Skateboards has come a long way to be where it is in the present time. There are some companies and brands that helped skateboarding rise, and one of the most important once was Roller Derby, why? Well, the first mass-produced skateboard made is from Roller Derby, and it influenced the change of skateboarding reach.


Roller Derby Company History

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Roller Derby Skate Corp is an American manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods. It is the second-largest online suppier of skateboards in the U.S. market, and right now the largest manufacturer of roller skates in the United States. It was founded by Oscar Seltzer in 1936, and it started with a single plan in Litchfield, Illinois. Then, they expanded to California, where they created an additional assembly plant.






Roller Derby Skateboard Creation

The Roller Derby Company made the Roller Derby Skateboard, it was sold by the name of ´Skate Board´. They made it in their La Mirada, CA factory, and made it available at Roller Derby arenas in 1959. Then in 1960, they put the skateboard in Thrifty Drugstores and Sears, Roebuck and Co. with the name of ´Roller Derby Skateboard´. In 1964 Roller Derby added 3 surfboard-shaped rubber-wheeled models. At the end, The Roller Derby Skateboard was owned by Barry Jacobs, and started to operate it.

So now you know where the first commercial skateboard came from. This company helped skateboarding to expand and it deserves its own article so everyone know they have their part in skating history.




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