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Skateboarding Skateboarding is one of the most unique enjoyable and physically demanding sports in the world Like baseball basketball and football skateboarding his endured many changes and fluctuations in popularity and has emerged as one of the most entertaining and satisfying activities enjoyed by both todays youth and its adults The goal of this paper is to inform about the history evolution and present state of skateboarding The concept of skateboarding was invented in the 1950s when surfers from California wanted to try their surfing techniques on land All over California surfers and teenagers began constructing their own land surfboards by attaching roller skate wheels to wooden crates The surfers would then ride down steep hills while in the crates performing surfing moves as they went down This idea however was a painful one Wooden crates did not provide the necessary range of motion to equate to surfing and consequently many surfers were injured while experimenting with their new invention As a result wooden surfboard-shaped boards were constructed A pair of roller skate wheels were attached eight inches inward to either end of the board to add stability while riding One day a young man named Alan Gelfand revolutionized skateboarding While riding he pushed downward with his back foot causing the front of the board to rise He then jumped with the board This caused the board and Alan to lift off into the air about five inches off the ground This technique became known as the ollie after Alan Ollie Gelfand This was a momentous occasion in the history of skateboarding Before Alans discovery skateboarding was nothing more than land surfing The ability to ollie marked the transition between land surfing and skateboarding Now that people could leave the ground with their board a brand-new sport was born and skateboarding became a sport of its own Now that skateboarders could jump into the air a whole new world
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