Skateboarding as we know it today has its roots in the late 40s or early 50s. Some Californian surfers invented the sport out of boredom, as something to do when they weren’t able to catch any waves. It was initially called “sidewalk surfing” and the first boards were square, wooden platforms with roller skate wheels. As the sport became more widespread, innovations started to come about. The shape of the board was changed to resemble a small surfboard instead by the 1960s. Only a year after the very first skateboard exhibition was held, a magazine called The Quarterly Skateboarder began to be published.
After the development of the polyurethane wheel in the 1970s, the sport began to really take off. Skateboarding ended up eventually taking on a distinctive punk-rock vibe, especially when self-starters in the 1980s embraced this scene. Unfortunately, many early skaters also came into a negative light and a widespread anti-skating movement had begun. Despite the wholly-wrongful association of skateboards with deadbeats and dropouts, many people have ridden their boards to fame and fortune. There are skateboarders in the world today who are worth many millions of dollars. If you want to learn about them, read this article on the 20 Richest Skateboarders in History.