Skateboarding has had one of the most unique and and turbulent histories of any sport (or hobby) in the history of North America.

The sport has gone from grass root home-made boards, to being one of the most popular sports in the USA, only to crash into oblivion before resurfacing as a past time for punks and kids up to no good. Despite the changing point of view of popular opinion, the sport has held a core of devotees who kept the sport alive when it seemed all but forgotten.

These days it’s the same devotees who are working hard to keep the sport pure, desperately trying to steer the future of boarding away from clutches of the politically correct mass manufacturing power of big business.

Update: P.D. (the man behind the legendary Skull Skates) has emailed me telling me I’m not allowed to use any of the images from his site. The fact that I named him “one of the most important figured in the progression of skateboarding” or that I dropped multiple links urging readers to drop by his online shop and buy a deck apparently weren’t enough to let me use his photographs of skate decks.

While I respect his right to make this choice (they are his photographs), it’s kind of a dick move. It’s one thing to steal someone’s work and claim it as your own, it’s another to reference it with full props and credit to the source. From this point on I’ll have no choice but to think of Skull Skates as the Metallica of the sk8 industry.

If this is your first time on this post, just imagine images of rad skateboards instead of red cross circles.

The History of Skateboarding Infographic



Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.