Skateboarding is a way of surfers to practice on land when the waves aren't too well. Time after time,
people innovated the skateboard and started doing tricks on it instead of just "cruising with style.
Skateboarding became famous in the 80's when companies such as Powell Peralta, Santa Cruz and Vision came out with their own skate teams.
Tony Hawk, famous for his 900 on a half pipe, started out with Powell Peralta along other skateboard legends such as Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen, Tony Guerrero and Mike McGill (inventor of the famous Mctwist).
(From top left to right Steve Caballero, Mike Mcgill, Tommy Guerreo, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain and the co-founder of Powell Peralta and the manager of Bones Brigade, Stacy Peralta who used to be in a group with Jay Adams above).
In the late 90's X-Game started to host extreme sports such as Skiing, Snowmobile, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, BMX and Motocross. This is the event that Tony Hawk got really famous when he did a 900 degree spin on the air on a half pipe setting a new world record.
Types of Skateboarding
Today, skateboarding is now a sub culture and is usually famous among people of all ages.
There are several types of skateboarding. It includes Vert, Pool, Street and Freestyle.
Vert: is where you get to skate on vertical ramps. X-Games has a vert skating competition.
Pool: is where you get to skate on Del Mar like pools except sometimes they're made just for skating.
Street: is where you get to skate on streets by grinding rails and benches, doing tricks over stair sets, and walls to ride on. Most people who skate on streets usually experience harassment from cops who charge them with vandalism and destruction of both private and public property.
Freestyle: freestyle skating is one of the oldest types of skateboarding and was famous in the 1960's. It's where the tricks are choreographed and extreme balance skills are needed. One of the most famous freestyle/street skaters is Rodey Mullen.
Parts of A Skateboard
A skateboard has seven parts. The deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, risers, grip tape and hardware.
Comic Book Characters Who Skate
Michaelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Michaelangelo is always seen skateboarding in the movies, TV series and comics.
Other members of Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles also skate but he is the real skater in all of them considering how much he skates in and out of missions.
Rocket Racer is a villain who developed a super-powered skateboard which is propelled by small rockets. He also has another alter-ego as "The Tinkerer".
He is defeated over and over by Spider-Man and the last time he appeared in comics was in Amazing Spider-Man (vol.2) #13 (January 2000).
The only time he appeared on television was in Spider-Man: The Animated Series episode, "Rocket Racer".