Skateboarding: How It All Began & Different Types of Boards

Ever since the appearance of the first skateboards in the 1960s the rich skate culture began its evolution. By the mid to late 1970s skateboarding started to become the number one pass time activity among young people all over the world. Early skateboards were seen more of toys for having a fun ride down the street rather than a practical means of transport and a tool for tricks. In many aspects they resembled surf boards and featured simple clay or metal wheels. With the growing popularity of this recreational activity the idea of doing tricks on skateboards began to develop and during this period the first professional skaters emerged on the skate scene such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Stacy Peralta who took skateboarding tricks to a whole new level. But the initial skateboarding boom started to fade mostly due to the fact that there weren’t proper skate parks where to safely learn how to skate and practice all those tricks.


By the 1980s the trend was almost completely forgotten for it to make a glorious comeback at the start of the millennium and really take the world by storm. This was followed by the appearance of a more modern skate for sale which offered skaters more control and stability when performing tricks. Through the years skateboarding has evolved from a fun activity done on the streets or sidewalks into a recreational sport with a set of trick and methods that you can do in many different ways. Today there are many styles including slalom, downhill, freestyle, vertical skateboarding and the list goes on. Just as there are various skating styles there are also different types of skateboards each designed for for a specific style.

The modern skate for sale comes in four basic varieties: cruiser, shortboard, longboard and old school. Cruisers have a simple design, feature a mid-length deck with kicktails and are easy to control making them perfect for street style skating. Another great design for street cruising is the shorboard which, as its name implies, has the shortest deck specifically designed for doing tricks. Perfect for fast and easy skating, but not so good for performing tricks the longboard, can serve as a great means of transport to get around the city. Those models with a more symmetrical shape and larger wheels are specially designed for downhill racing. Last but not least we have the old school boards which are typically asymmetrical and come with kicktails and a flat nose. These are most commonly used for street and pool skating.


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