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Learn All About the Best Videos Of Skateboarding

Skateboards have come a long way since they first became popular back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Back in those days outside of having a car or a bike, a skateboard was the primary means of transportation for kids in school. Back then riding a skateboard was viewed as cool, and they were used for many different things.

You were definitely “cool” if you had and knew how to use one. It was — and remains, if you’ve got the guts, something you could really have fun on. Videos of skateboarding from that time show kids flying high and free (no need or elbow pads, no helmets), open to the wind and the sheer feeling of speed you could get from these types of skateboards on the “open road,” as it were, not just in specialized skateboard parks.

There are many different ways that you can skate now as well, because back then most skaters had to be creative as to where and how they skated. Today there are parks that are built strictly for skateboarding and allow such skaters to refine their skills there.

Since the streets were pretty much the only place to be, the urethane wheel was born. It allowed skateboarders to get better traction and speed to really push the limits. This allowed a new twist to the “sport,” which allowed for curved banks and empty swimming pool sides. Actually as long as there were curves, skateboarders were there.

There are many different tricks that were invented back then, which allowed the skaters to show off their abilities once they mastered them. One of the first tricks that were invented back in the old days was the Ollie. With that said, even today the Ollie is usually the first trick that new skateboarders learn how to do. This trick is done by snapping the tail of the skateboard down, slide your feet up along the skateboard at the same time as you jump. Once you do this it will look like you lift the skateboard off the ground while it sticks to your feet.

Anyway, onto those videos of skateboarding. Because so many skate parks began to close, skateboarders had to get inventive, and they did. Plywood ramps took the place of the concrete built skate parks, and were put in empty lots; skateboarders got creative, too, and began to push the envelope.

Today there are many different skateboarding venues that are polished and in great shape. But that isn’t how they started, as most of them came from the rugged grassroots stage back in the 70’s. This roughness and edge that was created back then, has never left and probably never will.

That’s a good thing, because even though it’s become more mainstream sport, now, it’s got a hint of rebellion and slightly “dangerous” or “bad” feeling to it that makes it even more attractive to both pursue and to watch. And while today’s pros can certainly rake in money (they make as much as $ 10,000 a month in some cases, depending on winnings), they owe their success to those who first pushed the envelope way back when, more than 30 years ago.

One of the best things that separate skating from all other major pro sports is that there is no training regimen that goes into it like lifting weights or running. As one pro skater put it, “skaters just do what they love to do and that’s skate all the time”.

The best thing for you to do if you are learning how to skateboard is to go online and look at various videos that are on there, to see how much fun it really is. If you are a kid, or maybe an adult who still has a little bit of a kid left in you, skateboarding is something that is fun for everyone to try.

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