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How A Skateboard Is Made

Throughout the years, skateboards and those who use them have been subjected to a number of associations, none of which are unambiguously good or bad. Your thoughts on the sport and the culture aside, the mechanics that go into the skateboard’s construction are as intricate as they are visually stunning.

For more skateboarding video–from its physics to what happens when you put a bunch of chalk dust onto a skateboard, be sure to check out our skateboarding section.

21 Fantastic Pictures Of Female Skateboarders From The 1970s

While much of the mythos of the origin of skateboarding is centered around teenage boys of Southern California, there was a strong contingent of female pioneers who helped shape skateboarding since it’s inception. Below we take a look at some of the women who influenced skateboarding culture in the 60s and 70s:

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Skateboarding Contest Torrance California

Onlookers watch a skateboarding contest in Torrance, California in 1977.

Farrah Fawcet Skateboarding

By the late 1970s, skateboarding was growing in size and reach, including to some famous Hollywood heroines. Above, Farrah Fawcet tries out skateboarding.

Skateboarding In New York City

Skateboarding wasn't just a California phenomena -- the above photograph was captured

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One Man Empowers Ethiopian Youth Through Skateboarding

When skater Israel Dejene first arrived in a tough neighborhood of Addis Ababa, he saw children “sliding down the asphalt with plastic fixed to the underside of their shoes”. In an effort to curb their stealing and potential to wander down the hazardous path of delinquency, Dejene founded Ethioskate. Intoto region-residing boys and girls from the ages of 6 through 19 are invited to participate in the skate project, where Dejene seeks to help them realize their own potential to do gravity-defying things, help others and ultimately contribute to the greater good.

The Physics Of Skateboarding

Since ollies, kick flips and other skateboarding tricks happen so quickly, it can often be difficult to see what’s happening in one’s body. With current technology, though, those questions are no longer shrouded in mystery.

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