What is Skateboarding?
Skateboarding is a type of extreme sport that includes performing tricks on a skateboard. Despite the sport being heavily focused on performing tricks, huge jumps and crazy grinds.. It has also became a great way of transport within the urban areas!
There are 3 main different types of skateboarding.. Park, Vert and Street. Park skateboarding involves skating at the skateparks with a variety of different special-made obstacles. Street skateboarding is arguably the most popular and most associated with skating. It is performed when skating in urban areas of a town or a city which allows skaters to be extra creative with their lines. Vert skateboarding which is the least popular of the 3 is focused on skating big ramps and bowls, vert riders tend to be very experienced street/park riders.
How Did it All Start?
Not many people know this but skateboarding is a sport that branched of from Surfing and was originally called "Sidewalk surfing". Sidewalk surfing became a thing in 1940's when surfers started attaching wheels to anything that they could use as a deck but mainly planks of wood.
Throughout 1940's and 1950's the sport continued to grow and in the early 1960's, skateboards started being sold in the shops and first skate shops started opening. As the years went by, companies started emerging and focusing on improving the skateboards quality by replacing ceramic/steel wheels for polyurethane wheels, making them more comfortable to skate and do tricks on. The 1980's has been great for skateboarding, with a huge increase in popularity and more skateboard companies emerging.. These years are often referred to as the "Golden age" of skateboarding.
To say that skateboarding has come a long way is an understatement. It has not only become a sport known worldwide, it has also appeared in the Olympic games in Tokyo2020.