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Skateboarding is the act of riding on a short, narrow, flat board mounted on four wheels. Skateboarding is a sport, a mode of transportation, a cultural art form, and a recreational activity, especially for youth. The practice probably first began in the beach cities and suburbs of California during the late 1950s and early 1960s. While the waves were calm, many surfers tried to alleviate their boredom by replicating their ocean moves on smooth expanses of tarmac—this they did by standing on a short wooden deck (the riding surface) about 22 inches long and 6 inches wide, connected to a pair of trucks (axle assemblies) borrowed from a roller skate, and rolling on metal or “clay” composite wheels. In 1964, the influential SkateBoarder magazine appeared, ...

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