Skateboarding has exploded on the scene over the last 4 decades and is more popular today than it has ever been. Due to the innovation of such things as vert skating, this extreme sport has created million of skaters worldwide and many successful pro skaters who have made an extremely lucrative career from it. electric skateboard spares
However, no one really knows who invented the skateboard! Many people have tried to take credit for inventing the skateboard, but a patent was never filed, so no one was ever officially credited with creating it. Most experts seem to agree that skateboarding got its start sometime around the early to mid 50s in California. Surfers wanted to “surf on the street”, so many early skateboards were simply pieces of wood with wheels on them.
However, the first person to actually manufacturer and sell skateboards was Bill Richard. He made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce the first set of skateboard wheels, which were then attached to wooden boards. Other manufacturers started to jump on the bandwagon and create skateboards that were designed to look like surf boards.
However, by the mid 60’s the skateboarding craze had died off and sales of the boards started to plummet. Many of the skateboard manufacturers either folded up or turned their attention elsewhere. However, in 1972, a company owned by Frank Nasworthy, Cadillac Wheels, invented urethane skateboard wheels. These wheels made the skateboards much easier to control and maneuver, and the popularity of skateboards was again back on the rise.
In the mid to late 70s, talented skateboarders such as Tony Alva and Jay Adams spawned a new way of skateboarding involving tricks and spins, that no one had really even seen before. With this new style of extreme skating, skateboarding started to explode and in the 1980s really started to hit its zenith.
In the 80s ramp and street skating revolutionized the sport. Skateboarders created their own makeshift ramps and even resorted to skating and turning tricks in empty swimming pools.
Skateboarding finally became a legit sport in 1995 when it was featured on ESPN in their first extreme games tournament. This lead to even more exposure for the sport and in 1997, skateboarding was featured in the Winter X games. Tony Hawk brought skateboarding into the mainstream culture in 1999, when a video game named after him was released to the public.