The History of Longboarding
Longboarding has been around for sometime now, but within the recent years it has grown overwhelmingly in popularity. The birth of longboarding is kind of a tricky subject. Many will tell you skateboarding came before longboarding and longboarding simply just appeared in the 90’s. This may be so, However many of the first boards appear to have more in common with longboards than they do modern day skateboard. The reality seems that longboarding and skateboarding where one in the same until the 80’s when people truly started performing tricks and boards started to split into different categories depending on their style and capabilities.
Because these board were so cheaply made many accidents started occurring and longboarding soon took on a bad reputation as a rebellious and dangerous sport. In 1965 the sport took a drastic fall in popularity due to its bad reputation. But 10 years later the urethane skateboard wheel came out and a massive resurgence in popularity occurred and skateboarding was back. Soon after skateboard companies started also producing specially designed trucks to better suit the longboards. So the boards became safer and the modern day skateboarding was born.