Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide

Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide

by Becky Beal


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From skateboarding's distant origins in the 1940s to the heyday of the Z-Boys to Tony Hawk's lifelong and lucrative career as a professional skateboarding icon, this book showcases what skateboarding was in the past and what it's now evolved into.

In the last half century, skateboarding has evolved from a simple, idyllic child's pastime that originated in southern California to becoming a worldwide youth culture phenomenon. This now-mainstream action sport has spawned a multi-billion-dollar commercial market for skateboarding equipment, skateboard-related media and entertainment, as well as skate-inspired softgoods like clothing, shoes, and accessories; and it is likely to soon become an Olympic sport.

Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide is brimming with fascinating history and engaging stories from skateboarding's 60-odd year existence and evolution. Covering the action sport's origins, myriad breakthrough developments, pioneering heroes, both "street style" and "vert" or ramp skating, unique popular culture, and likely future, this book will delight anyone with an interest in this individualistic and compelling athletic pursuit.

  • Bibliography includes primary and secondary sources and current websites
  • Glossary provides a comprehensive list of skating "lingo"
  • Index contains a comprehensive listing of names, companies, places, and terms

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313381126
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/09/2013
Series: Greenwood Guides to Extreme Sports
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 1,124,814
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Becky Beal, PhD, is associate professor of kinesiology at California State University in Hayward, CA, where she teaches classes in the sociology and philosophy of sport.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Skateboarding Timeline xv

1 Introduction: Alternative and Mainstream 1

2 Origins and Development of Skateboarding 7

3 Venues for Creativity: Sites, Events, and Competitions 43

4 Pioneers and Heroes 61

5 Navigating the Built Environment: Technology and Physics 91

6 Future Trends 103

Resource Guide 109

Glossary 119

Bibliography 125

Index 137

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