American History in Photos

SIDEWALK SURFING WITH STYLE – Skateboarding, which started in the early 1960’s when kids in California and Florida nailed roller-skate wheels onto boards, has become a big business – and a serious sport. As the numbers of “carvers” and “boinkers” grows, concrete skateboard parks have been springing up all over southern California, Florida, and the Carolinas. Hundreds more are in the planning stages all over the map, a fact which tends to give the parents of devoted skateboarders a certain sense of relief: the parks may have their steep uphills and downhills, but at least the thrill of dodging traffic is removed.

Photo: If there is no skateboard park handy, an empty backyard swimming pool will do. DEC 19 1977

American History in Photos

(April 5) SKATEBOARDING BECOMES NATION’S NEWEST MANIA – Two young devotees of the newest American sport – skateboarding – show their style at a Covina, Calif., recreation center. Danny Bearer, left, does a simple warmup as George Trafton shows a headstand. Manufacturers of skateboards can’t keep up with demand. They liken its mushrooming popularity to the hula hoop craze of the last decade. 1965