What’s On – Fair Go Skatefest 2018

October 11, 2018

Fair Go Skatefest is on this Saturday 13th October! This is the Northern Rivers premiere skateboarding event and Ballina’s original skateboard competition is still going strong!

Founded in 2000, their mission is to provide local skaters with the opportunity to showcase their talents to a large crowd and for everyone to have a Fair Go. Also, to attract some of the best sponsored riders to the Northern Rivers and have a great time in beautiful Ballina.

WHERE: Ballina Skate Park from 9.00am to 6.30pm

Check out their Facebook page for further info on this awesome event!

How skateboarding first started….

The first skateboards started with wooden boxes, or boards, with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. Crate scooters preceded skateboards, having a wooden crate attached to the nose (front of the board), which formed rudimentary handlebars. The boxes turned into planks, similar to the skateboard decks of today. An American WAC, Betty Magnuson, reported seeing French children in the Montmartre section of Paris riding on boards with roller skate wheels attached to them in late 1944.

Skateboarding, as we know it, was probably born sometime in the late 1940s, or early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. This was called “sidewalk surfing” – a new wave of surfing on the sidewalk as the sport of surfing became highly popular. No one knows who made the first board; it seems that several people came up with similar ideas at around the same time. The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime. The shop owner, Bill Richard, made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce sets of skate wheels, which they attached to square wooden boards. Accordingly, skateboarding was originally denoted “sidewalk surfing” and early skaters emulated surfing style and manoeuvres, and performed barefoot.
Image source: www.skateboardingmagazine.com

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