West Australian’s have been skate boarding, road surfing, on the streets, rounds the metro area as suburban surfers since the 60’s.
Originally skateboarding was created in the 1950s when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. Sets of foot skate wheels were attached to wooden boards and early skaters emulated surfing but was limited due minimal turning capacity from the home made wood boards. Commonly called road or sidewalk surfing. It was pretty ugly to begin with until it became a commercial concern. Small boards were all the rage from triple ply wood, fiberglass, plastics which snapped the board on jumps, aerial’s. Suppliers, manufacture’s continually modified over the 70’s into the 80’s with wheels, struts, trucks, board designs that become more user friendly providing a more enjoyable experience for all who tried.
Skate boarding now 50 years later in Australia has become apart of our youth culture, practiced both recreationally and competitively.
Not only is it still a Street thing, but Skate Parks have become apart of many post codes key suburbs near community centres, This allows for more dynamic skate boarding in Verticle & Freestyling with friends.
Road surfing with long boards in always popular, but flaunting with danger, Downhill Racing is a popular spot along with Slalom & obstacle course challenges.
Skaters boys & girls big or small are everywhere so we salute the art of hard ground surfing with a long List of Links to all things skate with boards.
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