5 Surprising Things About Skateboarding That You Didn’t Know

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Think you know everything there is to know about skating? Well, guess again. Or actually better yet, test yourself and see how many of these facts you know…

#1 Skateboarding has never been in the Olympics…

It’s true, even though there are over 11 million active Skaters in the world (another fact for you) it’s never been represented in the Olympics.

That’s all set to change though with it being introduced for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

#2 Skateboarding wasn’t always called Skateboarding…

In the early days it was known as Sidewalk Surfing.

This is because it was invented in the 40s by Surfers who wanted something to do when the waves were flat.

#3 It was invented in California…

This one is probably something that won’t surprise you, but Skateboarding was actually invented in California in the 1940s.

California remains the spiritual home to Skateboarding in many ways.

#4 Skateboarding almost died many times…

First in 1965 skateboarding was made incredibly unpopular by people convincing stores to not sell skateboards due to safety concerns.

This wasn’t totally untrue, as the wheels used to be made from Clay. However in 1972, Frank Nasworthy invented Urethane wheels which changed that.

As the 1970s closed, so did many skate parks. Insurance rates spiraled out of control due to safety fears once again.

#5 But it’s more popular than ever…

After a few close extinction events, skating managed to survive and go on to be bigger than ever.

In the 1990s the sport continued to grow, and then into the 00s with the rise of the internet.

Today more people are skating than ever…

This is thanks to celebrity skaters such as Tony Hawk, and many others. It’s also thanks to social media sites such as YouTube and Instagram.

It’s easier than ever for people to teach the basics, and it’s easier than ever for people to feel connected, and that’s when a lot of beginners today first see the appeal for themselves.

It’s only going to get more popular as well, as the sport continues to professionalize and people take an interest in everything from skateboarding training, to recovery and even diet.

Then you’ve got the street skaters who just live and breathe skating.

The community continues to grow in different directions, but all connected through a passion for skateboarding.

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