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
About the Author
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
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