Skateboard Essay

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Skateboarding: A Subculture Skateboarding is defined as the act of riding on or performing stunts on a skateboard. Skateboarding or skating can be many different things to people. To many people skating is a hobby, a means of transportation, a job but what connects all these is that skating is a way of life. AmericanSportsData.com says that, “In 2002, there were 12.5 million skateboarders in the world.” It’s safe to say that the skateboarding scene can definitely be considered a subculture. Some defining traits of skaters are that they are very rebellious and non-conforming; members of this group value their belonging to it because it gives them a sense of independency, and of course skaters just love to skate. Skating started around the 1950’s and was invented by surfers here in California. These surfers wanted to come up with a way to surf on pavement or on the sidewalk when the waves on the beach were flat. They would put pieces of wood on roller skate wheels and called it “sidewalk surfing” because they did a lot of moves that were very similar to the ones they performed in the water. There were lots of ups and downs in skateboarding’s popularity but the skating scene didn’t blow up until the 1970’s, when a guy named Frank Nasworthy created a special kind of skateboard wheel made out of polyurethane that improved the performance of riding significantly. At this point in time many people started investing in skateboarding and plenty of skateboarders started their own companies. As skating grew more popular with the American youth, competitions were held across the United States which only fed the appetite for skateboarding even more. By the 1980’s to early 1990’s, skateboarding continued to grow and with inventions of new tricks such as the “ollie”, which is a no hand aerial maneuver that led to the creation of many tricks that are done today.

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