Skateboarding Trivia: Did You Know…

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(DGIwire) — In the skateboard community across the country, it’s not uncommon to hear skaters challenging each other to do tricks that would make average mortals quake with fear. Games like S.K.A.T.E keep track of the challenges as each skater accelerates the skill and intensity of a trick and the next in line has to match it. Like the game Hangman or H.o.r.s.e you get a letter for failing this challenge. You don’t want all five letters or you lose.

Next time you’re playing, to up the ante, how about adding a little skateboarding trivia challenge to the mix. Memorize these and you might win.

Did you know:

• Skateboarding was born in California in the year 1950. When the waves were too weak to ride, surfers improvised and “surfed” the land. It was initially called “sidewalk surfing” and Californians basically created a surfboard with wheels.

• In the early 1970’s Frank Nasworthy added polyurethane wheel technology to skateboards. Prior to this advancement, most used steel wheels taken from roller skates.

• The first female professional skateboarder in history was Patti McGee. In May of 1965, McGee graced the cover of Life Magazine doing a handstand on a skateboard. She paved the way for young female boarders everywhere.

• In the late 1990’s, the United States Marine Corps used skateboards in urban-combat military maneuver exercises to detect sniper fire and tripwires.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-1-32-13-pm• Skateboards is New York City’s first skateboard company. Located at 158 Orchard Street, it remains a destination spot for both the NYC skate community and traveling skaters visiting the city from all parts of the world. SHUT Skateboards features all styles of boards, accessories and apparel, as well as an admirable history of success.

• The first actual skate park ever built was in Florida (not counting dried screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-1-41-49-pmout California pools!) and was constructed in 1976. Most recently Florida has benefited from the addition of Lot 11 SkateFreeFL, a DIY park under I-95 in Miami. It was funded through a community effort along with help from the City of Miami. Enthusiasm for the sport has grown so much that there are now over 3,000 skate parks throughout the United States…and that doesn’t include all the streets and marble ledges that define cities…along with skateboarders’ dreams across the country!

• The first modern skateboarding trick was introduced by Alan Ollie Gelfand, and is now popularly known as the Ollie.

• What Professional Skater invented the kickflip? Rodney Mullen

Good luck during your next challenge…and GO S.K.A.T.E ! ! !

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