Skateboarding Through Cuba

June 11, 2014

Lacking a single skate shop and boasting only one skate park, Cuba seems an unlikely place for skateboarding to take off. And yet, it has. Follow Yojani Pérez Rivera as he describes life as a skateboarder in Cuba and the challenges he faces in promoting the sport while living in one of the world’s last “closed” societies.

For more on how the sport can intersect with politics around the world, check out how activists in Ethiopia are using skateboarding to empower children.

21 Fantastic Pictures Of Female Skateboarders From The 1970s

June 8, 2014

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

Enjoy these images? Check out some of these videos of the first female skateboarders:

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One Man Empowers Ethiopian Youth Through Skateboarding

October 23, 2013

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

July 15, 2013

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.

Skateboarding From Venice To Venice

July 3, 2013

The classic convertible might be ideal for traversing the golden highways of Venice Beach, California, and the gondola preferred for its older counterpart in Italy, but for athlete Guy Mariano the skateboard is the best method of transport of them all.

Navigating Los Angeles At Night

June 15, 2013

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Shot from this past November to February, professional skateboarder Danny Garcia navigates LA at sundown and showcases the city’s more “angelic” side.