By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
From the first skateboard ever made to some of the wildest tales, California has been marked as THE birthplace of skateboarding. There are very few other places in the world where you can get the feel of how the SHIT® went down back in the day. Skateboarding is now a worldwide movement that has been translated into almost every language and culture out there, different countries have developed their own unique style of skateboarding and expressing themselves in their environment, but some things just won't change and we should definitely trace its roots back to sunny California.
Some of the best exponents of the discipline came out of CA, many others, from the other side of the world, but funny enough, most skaters around the world dream to get a chance to skate those Californian streets and be able to ride the most iconic landmarks of skateboarding located in CA.
The beginning of a brand new world happened when the surfers of the area started to build their own boards, set up street contests, skate empty pools and have downhill speed races, all of this has been documented beautifully in the Skateboarding Hall Of Fame located in Simi Valley in the heart of California.
Operating since 1997 the museum is a mecca for skateboarding, not only holding one of the largest vintage skateboard collections but also a mini-park and a SHIT® load of skateboard paraphernalia with a history behind it. This place contains traces of history obtained by its founder Todd Huber and his team, with over 5.000 skateboards on display, some of the first ones traces all the way back to the 1940s.
“It started just as a hobby in my garage, and then as I got more into it I realized there was not one museum for skateboarding in the world. So I just said, ‘I’m gonna do it.’”
Almost every board in the collections is used, and some have been skated by the best! The museum receives thousands of visits per year not only from regular skate loving dudes and dudettes but also some of the biggest stars looking to add something new to their collections, apart from the gift shop where you can get cool shirts and souvenirs, you could also come out of the museum with a piece of skateboarding history, that is if you have a few thousand to spend in your pocket!
One of the most beautiful things you can see in the museum's collection is the fact that some people don't realize that at the beginning you were not able to buy a skateboard, you had to DIY, which came to the creation of one of the kind fully skatable boards, shapes, graphics, names and countless modifications that now have an incredible amount of impact on the entire skateboarding industry.
Hall Of Fame Inductees
Each year, the museum adds a whole new set of “INDUCTEES” being personalities that have had an impact on skateboarding history, not only skaters but also manufacturers and even musicians, Rodney Mullen, Chris Holsoi to bands like DEVO have been added as a part of the Hall of fame, an event that happens every year where the biggest names in the industry get together and decide who will be making the list and get the honor to be considered of impact and renowned value to the skateboarding scene and culture.
The museum staff will answer all of the questions you might have and teach you a thing or two! They will also guide you through the highly curated collection of boards available and you are sure to come out an expert if you are looking to learn! Whether you're an avid skateboarder or just a beginner, this place is sure to make you fall in love a little bit more with this whole SHIT®
You can visit the museum for free and It's open Wednesday-Friday from 2 PM-9 PM, Saturday from 10 AM-9 PM and Sunday from 11 AM-7 PM. Currently, for obvious corona reasons, the museum is closed but once you get a chance to go, make sure to do so! You won't regret it!
Read also: Skateboarding History Timeline Highlights