Who Invented Skateboarding and Longboarding

Skateboarding and longboarding have been around for decades. Who invented skateboarding isn't quite clear, and several groups take credit.

One thing is certain, and that is the origination of the idea for skateboarding. Skateboarding developed from surfing in the 1950s, when a group of surfers wanted to find something to do when the ocean was flat. They took the wheels from some roller skates and attached them to two-by-fours so that they could "sidewalk surf." They rode these makeshift concrete surfboards the only way they knew how; just like a surfboard. Carving was the main activity done on the original skateboards. As skateboarding took off, advancements in skateboard technology were made, causing the skateboard to evolve into what it is today.

Just as the beginning of skateboarding isn't clear, no one knows for sure who started longboarding. It became popular with the standard skateboard, possibly because skateboarders in California needed a board which could handle the rolling hills. And a longboard skateboard could. Others believe that longboarding was started in Hawaii and simply made its way over to the mainland.

One of the most famous groups of original skateboarders is the Z-boys, a bunch of skaters who rode under the Dogtown label in the 1970s. Members of the Z-boys (Z being short for Zephyr) included Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva, two legendary skateboarders who revolutionized the sport. The Z-boys were responsible for pool-riding, which eventually would pave the way for skate park bowls.

Skateboarding underwent a temporary hiatus, and only die-hard skaters kept the sport alive. It was brought back to popularity by Frank Nasworthy, who introduced the urethane wheel. Urethane wheels provided the traction tha clay wheels did not.

Skateboarding continues to evolve, bringing about new technology and styles of riding. One of the things that makes skateboarding so popular is its versatility and ability to change.

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