A Brief History of Skateboarding
From President: Kyle Little
For two generations skateboarding has developed into what is recognized today as one of the most strong sports; during the last 40 years America has had the pleasure of experiencing a cultural revolution because of skateboarding. Figures such as Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen have been household names since skateboarding's inception into the main stream over two decades ago. During that time the tricks, both vert and street, have become more extreme and dangerous.
Original skateboards are reminiscent of today's longboards, which are composed of longer decks and larger wheels. The founders and most prominent skateboarders, specifically Tony Hawk, began to capitalize on their fame, becoming rich off of their hobby. Like Element, Zero, Toy Machine, and others, Baker Skateboards produces both skateboarding hardware and clothing. Although Baker Skateboards is new on the skateboarding scene, it is commonly held as one of the most durable skateboard decks. Wheels have a variety of variables that affect their quality, such as size, stickiness, and durability.
These factors can affect the speed of the skateboard; some wheels are better suited for vert skating than street skating. The smaller the wheel, the easier it is to become stuck, often offsetting their worth as better ollieing wheels. Larger wheels roll both longer and faster, allowing for longer periods of time without pushes. Larger wheels are used mainly on longboards and are suited for the intention on cruising, rather than street skating. The types of bearings that a complete skateboard uses has an enormous impact on the functionality of the skateboard; without well maintained bearings the entire skateboard can either suddenly catch, throwing you forward, or can roll very slowly. The current method for comparing skateboard bearings is called Abec.
The skateboard truck is also an integral part of a complete skateboard, the portion of the skateboard which attaches the wheels to the skateboard deck. The ideal truck is best chosen last with relation to the wheels and deck. The trucks should be within ¼" of the decks width. The height of the deck is also dependent on the wheels that you choose. Lower trucks work better with smaller wheels and are preferred for flip tricks; bigger wheels mandate elevated trucks, which are preferred for long distance travel, speed, and stability. Durable trucks are also essential if they are needed for grinding. There are specific trucks which aid in grinding, as well as different colors, designs, and materials to support anyone's personalized tastes.
There are other components of a complete skateboard and there are a plethora of accessories to customize both yourself and your skateboard.