By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Vert (vertical) skateboarding began in the 60’s, when young people at the time used to skate in the empty pools of their families houses having the very first experience of vert skating. This type of skateboarding quickly started to develop, skaters wanted to carve (carving is a wide turn where the four wheels are on the wall of the pool or bowl) faster and higher until the wheels reached the tile that lines the top edge of a pool. To do this there were upgrades made for skateboard parts, allowing vert skating to take the next step.
Vert Skateboarding Improvement
In the Mid 70’skaters had improved their skills. Taking advantage of the new skateparks, they started riding straight up the walls of pools and beginning to lift the boards over the top floating back down to land on the transition and roll away. Most skateparks dissapeared in the late 70’s, so homemade ramps were the solutions for the vertical skaters. Ramps were the best replacement of the pools, diminishing the need for a bowled pool.
In the early 80’s, about the 90% of vert skating was done in ramps. Because of the complexity of the tricks, it was necessary to have a smooth and even surface. The popularity of vert was rising in the mid 80’s, with skaters like Tony Hawk and Steve Caballero. International television events use the vertical ramp to show off skateboarding abroad.
Vert Skateboarding in The Present Time
Nowdays vert skating is more technical, skaters need to be more creative and also make well-crafted tricks. Because of that, ramps for contests must have enough space between walls so it allows skaters to show all of their abilities. For that reason we are seeing thirty to fifty foot wide ramps. Vert skating have become an important part of skateboarding culture, introducing new kids to the skateboarding community, with the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding and the X-Games events, letting everyone to see the best vert skaters doing about everything they imagine on world-class vert ramps.
As you can see, vert has come a long way to be one of the most important styles in skateboarding, having influence since the very first days of skateboarding. Every vert ramp is carrying the soul of a past pool bowl and contributing to what it is today.
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