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Today we are going to continue our segment on how the skateboarding culture all began and understand our history and stuff you know?
cool…… so let’s get into it.
I wanna pick back up in the 70’s and into the 2000’s to the present so that you guys can see the progressive evolution of our culture and what brought us here.
So in the 70’s a resurgence and popularity in skateboarding emerged, but with a different emphasis. Skateboarders were discovering skating in empty pools and learning to lift themselves off the edge of the pool and that is where the predecessor to the huge ramps you see now began. Moves like the aerial were dominant during this time as skaters learned to ride up the sides of the walls and lift themselves up ver the edge and turn around to go back down and skate like a back and forth motion from one end of the pool to the other. Skateparks became widely popular as the intricacy of very skating increased and evolved, the smooth surfaces of these skate parks would allow the boundaries of vert skating to be pushed and many skaters to start excelling in this arena.
Commerical skateparks were not as available as they are now so many skaters had to rely on ramps which allowed them to do the vertical moves or poor man’s pools if they had no access to pools.
Skateboarding’s monumental moments in the 70’s
- Frank Nasworthy developed the polyurethane wheels branded as the “Cadillac wheel” for skateboards
- Tracker Trucks developed axles for skateboards which it possible to make wider boards giving skaters better control
- Del Mar Championships were held with over 500 competitors, the largest competition since the 60’s
- The Z-boys revolutionized the landscape of skateboarding by introducing a skating style the resembled the surfing style of Californians
Skateboarders were cash kings during this ear as many of the skate companies were owned by skaters themselves. Vert ramp skating had taken a predominance over the sport even though street skating was well and thriving. It’s just that not every skater could afford vert ramps. Rodney Mullen was a pioneer during this era inventing tricks such as the “impossible” and the “kickflip”. Skating during this era ended up facing much opposition due to the government, business and locals in different municipalities complaining about the sport since freestyle and street skating was prominent.
The 90’s witnessed a massive resurgence in skating in the streets due to a recession in the economy at the time and the unaffordability of going to skate parks and buying ramps. Tony Hawk and many other prominent skaters famous since the 80’s kept the spirit of skateboarding alive during this trying time in the country. In the 90’s the most noticeable trend was the street style skating moves being translated to the vert world. So we saw the vert variations of the street tricks on ramps.