Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide
From skateboarding's distant origins in the 1940s to the heyday of the Z-Boys to Tony Hawk's lifelong and lucrative career as a professional skateboarding icon, this book showcases what skateboarding was in the past and what it's now evolved into.
In the last half century, skateboarding has evolved from a simple, idyllic child's pastime that originated in southern California to becoming a worldwide youth culture phenomenon. This now-mainstream action sport has spawned a multi-billion-dollar commercial market for skateboarding equipment, skateboard-related media and entertainment, as well as skate-inspired softgoods like clothing, shoes, and accessories; and it is likely to soon become an Olympic sport.
Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide is brimming with fascinating history and engaging stories from skateboarding's 60-odd year existence and evolution. Covering the action sport's origins, myriad breakthrough developments, pioneering heroes, both "street style" and "vert" or ramp skating, unique popular culture, and likely future, this book will delight anyone with an interest in this individualistic and compelling athletic pursuit.
* Bibliography includes primary and secondary sources and current websites
* Glossary provides a comprehensive list of skating "lingo"
* Index contains a comprehensive listing of names, companies, places, and terms
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Introduction Alternative and Mainstream
Origins and Development of Skateboarding
Venues for Creativity Sites Events and Competitions
Pioneers and Heroes
Navigating the Built Environment Technology and Physics