1950s to Now: The Past And Future of Skateboarding
Roughly 11 million people enjoy skateboarding on a regular basis, but it hasn't always been that way. Nowadays there are core skaters -- people that skate 26 times or more each year -- casual skaters, non skaters, and even a new form of skater: the electric powered skateboard user.
The skate industry has come a long way over the last few decades from essentially nonexistent to battery powered skateboards cruising along the streets. Here's a look at the history and trajectory of this popular pastime.
In the 1950s
, back when motorized longboards were not even conceivable, a few kids took the skates off their roller skates and attached them to a long and thick board. Since surfing was becoming popular at this time, people wanted a way to "sidewalk surf" and thus the skateboard was born.
During the 1960s
, surf companies started manufacturing and selling high quality skateboards with clay wheels and trucks throughout California.
The Skateboarding Championships started broadcasting in the late 60s and by the 1970s
, the skateboard was revolutionized with the invention of urethane wheels. Prior to the '70s, these boards were extremely loud and bumpy -- but no more. Fiberglass boards and skateparks began taking off during this decade as well.
The skater began to really thrive in the 1980s
. Skaters could be seen grinding on rails of skateparks during the evenings and running their very own skate companies during the day.
brought skateboarding into the mainstream as ESPN started broadcasting the Extreme (X) Games.
From the 2000s
to present day, many people have continued to skate, both professionally and recreationally, but there was always a need for something more. Electric powered skateboard
is just what this high-tech world needed. The ability to skate electric could bring in an entirely new demographic to the skate industry. Skateboarding is typically for teenagers to get out of the house for a few hours, but motorized skateboards can be used by any young professional who just wants a fun (and energy-efficient) way to travel to and from work.
There is no telling what exactly is to come of the skateboarding industry. But there will always be plenty of people who love riding through live on four wheels and a nice board, whether its motorized or not. If you want to learn more about these revolutionary electric powered skateboards, contact Evolve Skateboards today.