Photographer Bill Eppridge documented the new fad: skateboarding back in the 1960s for LIFE magazine’s cover story. The story is titled “The Craze and The Menace of Skateboards” and featured a photo of Pat McGee; the national girl’s skateboarding champ of the time.
Skateboarding was born in early 1950s, with the first manufactured skateboards ordered by a Los Angeles surf shop. But the popularity didn’t blast off until the 1960s, a decade which even saw the birth of Skateboarder Magazine and later THRASHER Magazine. In the spring of 1975, a freestyle contest at Del Mar, California, revilutionized skateboarding. That day, the Zephyr team took over the contest and showed the world what skateboarding could be. The Zephyr team had many members, but the most famous ones are Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta.
Check out this video about the skateboarding scene here:
Since then, board styles have changed dramatically. The choice of colors and type of decks are endless, not to mention the much better urethane wheels they invented to replace the wooden boxes or boards with roller skate wheels. Halfway between a longboard and a classic skateboard, Globe’s Bantam design is the perfect ride for any city kid on the go. It’s ideal for beginners, and we think they’d make a cool decorative piece for the bedroom wall too.
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