Skateboarding

Equipment

Helmet Padding Ramp (optional) Skateboard

Rules

There are no written or standardized rules for skateboarding, except those created specifically for individual competitions. There are however, certain restrictions on where skateboarders can ride.

Description

Skateboarding (sometimes spelled Skate Boarding) is the sport of riding on or performing tricks with a skate board. Skateboarding is an immensely popular recreational and competitive sport with participation in the millions throughout the world. Skaters use a board of various sizes to ride and perform tricks on streets, ramps and in parks. Skateboarding is also a healthy and popular form of transportation.

History

Skateboarding first began in the 1940s and 50s when surfers wanted something to do while waves were flat. Early boards were made by attaching roller skate wheels to wooden boxes. These soon gave way to decks of pressed layers of wood, manufactured by surfboard companies. By the 1970s, advances in wheel and truck technology allowed for vast improvements in both traction and stability. This led to an explosion in skateboarding popularity and innovation. Skaters began skating faster and performing tricks in drained swimming pools. In the 1980s, street skating was the most popular form of skateboarding, with skaters riding and performing tricks on and around steps, rails and ledges. Today skateboarding is one of the most popular sports in the world, both recreationally and competitively.