The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History

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MVP Books, Jun 6, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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The story of the simple skateboard is part thriller, part underground, underdog success tale. It s chock-full of innovations, far-out graphic artistry, and ever-more-incredible hot-dogging feats. And the story s told in this book with contributions from the stars themselves Tony Hawk, Stacey Peralta, Jeff Ho, the Dogtown Z-Boys, and more. Beautifully illustrated with historical posters, ads, and memorabilia along with new action photography, studio skateboard shots, and unique portraits of the stars, this is a fitting tribute to an American classic.

  

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Contents

CRED
12
Skateboarding Prehistory
17
The First Skateboarders Rolled Their Own 19471959
25
The Fast Rise and Faster Fall of Skateboarding 1959 to 1965
49
Skateboarding Disappears 19651972
95
Urethane Accelerates Skateboarding from the Flintstones to the Jetsonsand Then It All Goes Boom 19731980
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Skateboarding Moves Away from Sidewalk Surfing and Into the Air 1981 to 1991
183
Shaking the World From Street Level while the X Games Rock Vert 19921999
219
Its all Fine and Dandy Here in the First Decade of the 21st Century
235
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
254
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER
255
INDEX
256
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Ben Marcus was a "Surfer" magazine associate editor and still writes for "Surfer," "The Surfer's ""Journal," and other magazines. He's the author of several books, including "The Surfboard," "Surfing""USA""!," "Surfing & the Meaning of Life," and "The Surfing ""Handbook." He lives in Malibu. www.benmarcusrules.comLucia Griggi photographed skateboarders from Tony Hawk to Stacey Peralta and more for this book. She is a freelance photographer and works between LosAngeles and London.

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