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Unique Alternative Skateboards

Updated on September 24, 2014

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!

Mojo Complete Park
Mojo Complete Park

This is the ultimate skateboard park! Have your own complete park right at home!


Most Importantly...

Don't forget about safety! Helmets and pads provide protection from injuries.

Knee and Elbow Pads - Safety Equipment

Please share your comments and let me know you visited!

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      shreyas dhuliya 3 years ago

      wow!! this is so cool!! i will buy them each and try them ! (y)

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      These skateboards are great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My grandson likes to skateboard but I don't think he knows about all the different types you showed - I think I like the simple one he uses best.

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      Fantastapotamus 5 years ago

      Mountain board looks so awesome! I sometimes dream that I'm going skateboarding, not doing anything crazy, just boarding down the street (pretty lame reoccurring dream i guess) but it is super fun( in my dream). Still haven't tried it yet in real life, haha. :/

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      These look fun.

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      Barb McCoy 7 years ago

      My middle son is a skater and he would love to give some of these boards a try. I am emailing the lens to him to check out! Adding to my favorites and adding a special blessing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wowzers! My oldest son had skateboards years ago, they sure have come a long way since then, well done!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These are great!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These are great!

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      Carolan Ross 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      amazing...I do have a skater son, but never HEARD of most of these, will have to show him. One year he put the word 'trucks' on his Christmas list, and I was confused cause he hadn't played with toy trucks in years...smiles...your skateboarder would not that trucks are the underneath part that attaches to the wheels. Right. NOW I know...and you trucks were WAY cheaper. 5 *s

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Terrific idea! I have a 33 year old daughter with a master's degree and she's got her own skateboard! I'll have to show her this page. I'm adding it to the Rocket Moms Featured Lens module of my lens on Dog Gift Baskets

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very cool!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Nice lens! Great stuff!

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      I know nothing about skateboards but this lens obviously knows what it's talking about! Brilliant.

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      SherryHolderHunt 8 years ago

      Excellent lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Skateboards have sure come a long way since I was a kid! Course that was eons ago. Great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow! Very cool!