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14 Irresistibly Interesting Skateboarding Facts

Skateboarding Facts
Did you know? Due to the injuries caused by skateboarding, this sport had been banned in Norway between the years 1978 and 1989. Here's some more interesting facts about this awesome sport, and now a preferred mode of travel by a lot of people.
ThrillSpire Staff
Last Updated: May 15, 2018
Life Is A Lot Like Skateboarding
The popularity of skateboarding as a sport knows no bounds. With its complex tricks and ability to improve the hand-eye coordination, along with an increase in the general attention span, this sport has won several fans, a majority of whom belong to the United States of America. Apart from being a fun sport, skateboarding also strengthens the heart and tones the muscles in the body. Whether you indulge in it for its health benefits or just for sheer pleasure of the sport, here are some cool facts for all you skateboarding enthusiasts.
Interesting Facts about Skateboarding
Skateboarding
A fact that has arisen from history of skateboarding is that skateboarding has actually considered to have developed from surfing, and was initially known as sidewalk surfing, with the first skateboard being introduced in the year 1950.
Extreme Skateboarding Tricks
Skateboarding originated in California, and the first skateboard had handles so that it could be easily maneuvered by its users. The maximum number of skateboarders belong to California.
Skateboarding Legs
Before the ramp for skateboarding was invented, skateboarders used to practice in empty swimming pools and drainage ditches. It was later that they began to build the ramp, which led to the development of the half pipe that forms the core of skateboarding at more advanced levels.
Boy Skateboarding
In the United States, the number of skateboarding parks are less than 500 in number, many of which have just come up in the last 10 years. It is believed that the increase in the number of skateboarding parks is to motivate kids to increase their physical activity by indulging in this sport.
In order to raise funds for these skateboarding parks, professional skateboarders participated in golf fundraising tournaments.
Skateboarding While Holding Surfboard
Among all the sports in the world, skateboarding has made its mark among the top ten most popular sports.
Teen Couple Skateboarding
For those of you who think skateboarding is a man's sport, here's something for you. Women have been as involved in this sport as men since its inception. The first female professional skateboarder in history was Patti McGee.
Skateboarding Woman Jumping
The first modern skateboarding trick was introduced by Alan Ollie Gelfand, and is now popularly known as the Ollie. This is one of the basic tricks that every aspiring skateboarder is expected to learn.
African American Skateboarding
Though many people fail to notice it, or ignore this body part while skateboarding, the wrists are most prone to injury while performing this activity. It is thus essential that along with all the other protective gear, one should wear wrist guards too.
Skateboarder Skateboarding At Skatepark
As the wrist and other body parts are prone to injury when skateboarding, doctors are visited by more than 80,000 people every year, after hurting themselves while performing this sport.
Of the people who skateboard, only 40% wear the right protective gear to prevent themselves from injury.
Kids as young as 2 years of age have dabbled in skateboarding, while the average age of skateboarders is 12 years. The oldest person to learn skateboarding was 67 years old.
Skateboarding Man In Heidelberg
Skateboarding is now a preferred mode of travel for students around their campus. Furthermore, it has emerged as an alternative to and a way of dealing with the continuously increasing cost of gas.
Skateboarding Legs At Skatepark
A skateboard deck is made from seven pieces of plywood maple. This fact can never be recognized by the naked eye.
You may already be a skateboarding professional, but keep these skateboarding facts in mind to develop the true skateboarder in you!
Extreme Skateboarding Tricks
Skateboarding High Jump