Skateboarding – Wood & Wheels

 

Skateboarding is an art.   Once you get to be good at it you begin to feel a freedom that you haven’t known before.  It’s sailing through the air with nothing to stop you.

We’re given a history that says it started in the 1950s when California surfers got the idea of trying to surf the streets.  It’s interesting that this is where the origins are attributed.  Long before there were computers, ipads, and video games, there were wheels and creative kids always looking for a new way to play.  Wooden crates with roller skate wheels or dolly wheels fashioned in the garage or the sidewalk found their way as part of  playtime.  One board, two boards, or a box – kids rolled their way into a freedom of the ride that tried to imitate cars, trains and planes.  As the popularity increased, companies came along (as they always do with profit in mind) and took what kids did and manufactured it.  Then they find kids who are really good at it, give them the product and begin their massive marketing.

Regardless of who made it and how it became popular, it is now a multi-billion dollar business worldwide.  And, there are people all over this world who are really good at it and getting better.

Tracy Johnson, 41 year old African American Skateboarder - photo by Tom DiChristopher.

Tracy Johnson, 41 year old African American Skateboarder – photo by Tom DiChristopher.

For newbees, the equipment needed to pursue this sport includes a helmet, knee and elbow pads, of course a skateboard and skateboard wall mount.

Be safe and have fun!

 

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