Shark, banana, fishtail, popsicle… Are these skateboards or items from a day at the beach?
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The first skateboards started with wooden boxes, or boards, which kids added roller skate wheels to in the late 40s and 50s.
Roller Derby Skateboard
The Roller Derby Skateboard Company coined the name skateboard. They were the first to mass produce the skateboard. Their factory was in La Mirada CA. By 1959 people could purchase skateboards nationwide.
In the 1960s NASH came out with their own skateboards, and the called it the Shark. Today it’s knows as the Nash Shark Skateboard
G&S FiberFlex Pintail
In 1964 the G&S FiberFlex Pintail was born. It was made by surfers for surfers. In the 1970s these guys became on the the larges and most successful skateboard companies in the United States.
In the mid 70s a new board hit the streets. It was called the Banana board and it was skinny and flexible, made from polypropylene and added ribs on the underside for structural support.
Road Rider Cruiser
In 1975 Road Rider offered the first ever skateboard that had precision bearings made just for skateboards. This would bring an end to decades of loose ball bearings and uneven rides.
Old School Fishtail
In the 1980s skateboards changed. The ideal board to ride was the Fishtail deck. People still skate the streets with theses short nosed, wide vert, soft-wheeled boards.
In the 1990s skateboarding started ore on street skateboarding. Most boards are 7 1/4 to 8 in wide and 30-32 inches long with a largely symmetrical shape with a relatively narrow width.
The board hasn’t changed much from the 90s until now, but the concave may be a little deeper. However, people are started to ride their own custom -shaped boards more and more.
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