Skateboarding: The Ultimate Guide

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ABC-CLIO, 2013 - Social Science - 150 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction Alternative and Mainstream
1
Origins and Development of Skateboarding
7
Venues for Creativity Sites Events and Competitions
43
Pioneers and Heroes
61
Navigating the Built Environment Technology and Physics
91
Future Trends
103
Resource Guide
109
Glossary
119
Bibliography
125
Index
137
About the Author
151
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Becky Beal, PhD, is associate professor of kinesiology at California State University in Hayward, CA, where she teaches classes in the sociology and philosophy of sport.

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