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MADE FOR SKATE

1975 SkateBoarder cover Vol. 2 No. 1 Bust a Move – But Watch Your Toes! Style was everything in distinguishing yourself from others, especially since most of the moves that skaters are taking for granted today would not be invented for the next 20 years. Most riders preferred a crouched down, low-to-the ground style adapted from surfing, gliding and turning along as well as the hardware allowed for. They compensated for the lack of flexibility in skateboard trucks by adding acrobatics to the mix, like handstands or the infamous Coffin, where the skater lies down on the board. Anything went, as long as you kept rolling – and kept your toes off the street. Even swimming pool walls were getting hit already in the early 1960s. But at exactly this point, clay wheels had sure- ly reached their limitations – as documented in the “Lords of Dogtown” movie – by being too slippery and unwieldy for this kind of demanding terrain. Soon enough, skateboarding itself seemed to have reached its limits and the masses started walking away from it. Many surfers started getting their kicks back in the water again with a surge in big wave surfing at a new level of danger and risk-taking. For them, big boards equaled big cojones. Little boards, not so much. Back on the mainland, only the dedicated skateboarders remained. The ones who skated the hell out of clay wheels and tore through pair after pair of rickety trucks. And the ones who didn’t mind that there was nowhere legal to skate anymore. Giving blood to skateboarding, they stayed around, and would continue to lead skateboarding into becoming its own culture and medium of expression. Skateboarding would live on through many peaks and valleys. But first, sidewalk surfing had to die. Steve Hilton at the Anaheim National Championships 1965 - Slalom Downhill 25

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