The skateboard first came into existence in the 1950s when surfing became a trend. It started as surfers wanted to find a fun activity to occupy themselves when the waves in the ocean were flat. Hence, sidewalk surfing was created, and it’s commonly known as skateboarding today. Early skateboards in the 50s were made out of wooden boards and had its wheels taken from roller-skates – making them hard to maneuver and handle.
It then evolved into Nash Shark in the 1960s, which its shape resembles a shark with clay wheels. Then, in the 1970s, the Banana boards were introduced with skinny and flexible boards made out of polypropylene. As an improvement, rails installed underneath the boards for better structural support. This also made way for the first look of the Ollie, a skateboarding trick where the rider and board leap into the air without the use of the rider’s hands. Skateboards evolved again in the 1980s with the Fishtail decks which became the ideal board for vert skaters. It has a short nose, wide vert, and have soft wheels attached to them.
In the present time, most skateboards are designed as the Popsicle stick boards, which has been around since the 1990s. They were meant for street-skating, nollie tre flips, getting down steps and boardsliding. Since then, the skateboard has not changed much except for deeper concave with safer and lighter features. Skateboarding has earned its place in society over the past decades and transformed into a lifestyle for many.