The Evolution of the Modern Skateboard
Borne in the wake of the 1950s surfing craze, the skateboard has been an ubiquitous fixture in Americana for half a century. Here���s a brief history of the skateboard���s ongoing evolution.
The first skateboard started appearing in Southern California skate shops in the late 50s.
These were constructed by fixing a pair of metal roller skate wheels to the bottom of wooden plank.
Board shape remains relatively similar and clay wheels are introduced. 1970s The kicktail debuts.
Average skateboard width increases two inches.
Polyurethane wheels become popular
1980s Wide boards with short noses became popular for vert ramp skating.
Slide rails were applied for boardslides on rails and coping.
Most boards used large, soft wheels.
1990s to present
Average board width decreases two inches
Smaller wheels aid faster board rotation for flip tricks
Since the mid-1990s board shape has remained relatively unchanged.