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Unique Alternative Skateboards
Unique Alternative Skateboards; Not Your Everyday Boards
Do you (or someone you know) love skateboarding? Skateboarding has a history as unique as today's variety in skateboard styles. Let's look at some skateboard history and trivia, as well as check out the unique sizes and shapes that skateboards come in today.
You will find boards to fit anyone's style. So be sure to grab a skateboard and some gear and get ready for fun this summer!
Whether you prefer the normal skateboard or the latest fad, there is sure to be something here you will find interesting. Just click on any of the items below for more information.
Did you know...
There is actually an official holiday which began in 2004 to promote skateboarding? It is called Go Skateboarding Day, and it is celebrated annually on June 21.
The First Skateboard
What Started it All!
Picture it...The time was the 1950s; the place was sunny California. Surfing was super popular, but what was a surfer to do when there weren't any good waves to catch? Enter the idea of surfing on land, and the first skateboard was born. As a matter of fact, skateboarding is sometimes called "sidewalk surfing."
The first skateboards started out as wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. To be more specific, the first skateboards had no concave, no kicktails, and no grip tape. They also had steel wheels like most of the roller skates of the day, which weren't very good at gripping surfaces.
The skateboard evolved all through the 1950s. The trucks were modified to make the skateboard easier to maneuver, and, in 1959, the first Roller Derby Skateboard was made available for sale to the public.
The Skateboard from 1966 to Present Day
Skateboarding suffered a decline in popularity in 1966. However, in 1972, with the development of polyurethane wheels by Frank Nasworthy and his company called "Cadillac Wheels," skateboarding rapidly regained it's popularity. Special trucks (axles) were also being manufactured that were specially designed to make the skateboard handle better, which in turn led to the development of many of the tricks we know today.
Because of the 1976 California drought, many swimming pools were left empty. Boarders began to skate the vertical walls of the empty pools, and the vertical or "vert" style of skateboarding was born.
The 1980s saw street skating rise in popularity, because most people either could not afford to build vert ramps, or had no access to ramps nearby. Freestyle skating continued to evolve through the 1980s.
From the 1990s to now, street skateboarding has dominated the scene. This led to the development of all the unique boards you see below.
A sample of Flowboarding
A Video of the Wave
The Mountain Board
This board is great for off road use because of it's large size and massive tires!
This mountain boarder catches some serious air!
Add this mountain boarder poster to your collection!
Check out this Mountain Boarding Video!
The Stowboard - Portability that doesn't sacrifice performance
Picture a board that will fold up to fit in your backpack or locker and you have the stowboard! Truly one of a kind and still rides great!
The Freebord on Video
The Street Board in Action
The Electric Skateboard on Video
What a Setup! - An awesome selection of ramps and rails!
This is the ultimate skateboard park! Have your own complete park right at home!
Don't forget about safety! Helmets and pads provide protection from injuries.