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...speeds trough a slalom course Joey Cabell - Winner of the 1964 Makaha Surfing Championship... As far as riding technique went, early skateboarders followed the blueprint set up by Californian and Hawaiian surfers. And to say that skateboarding in the 1950s was surfing’s little brother would be an under- statement. Skateboarding WAS surfing in those early days – surfing on concrete. Try to separate the two – you were on shaky ground. The letter pages of surfing magazines at the time were full of heated diatribes bashing folks who wanted to call themselves “surfers,” when all they did really was roll down the streets on four wheels. They should learn “real” surfing first, was the clear verdict. This was a heated issue. After all, the whole lifestyle that surrounded skating on concrete had been built on beach culture – the clothing, the moves and of course, the bare feet. A “Natural” Extension of Surfing Pro surfers like Joey Cabell (pictured top right) could often be seen messing around with skateboards in their pastime. They used the little boards as a welcome opportunity to fine-tune their balance and control for taking on bigger challenges in the water, much the same way golfers take to putt-putt. The whole thing was also catching on quickly outside the pro ranks. Due to growing demand for skateboards among surfers, Carl Jensen in Hermosa Beach, California, produced the first mass marketed skateboards in 1958 under his Humco label. Around the same time, the publisher of Surf Guide Magazine, Larry Stevenson, began promoting skateboarding as a natural extensi- on of surfing culture. 23