How Longboarding Began

June 25, 2009 · Filed Under Longboard 

Longboarding as it is commonly called, became popular during the 1950 era surfing craze in California. Often it was the alternative mode of transportation of surfing beatniks, who could not afford cars. Some say that most of the Beach Boys group could not even surf in water.

How Longboarding Began

How Longboarding Began

Instead they rode longboards and passed themselves off as accomplished ocean surfers just by the similar cultures. Others will swear that Hawaii is the birthplace of the longboard. Never the less, a group of young turks began gathering in the Huntington Beach area in the mid 50’s. They would bring homemade longboards that were not very technically sound. They were simple designs with an emphasis on looks over substance. Apparently just carrying a new toy was enough to get attention from the young ladies hanging across the street from the surfing beach. Soon, kids were asking for their own. A burgeoning longboard industry was beginning by the early 1960’s. Then cam a little event called Viet Nam. A new movement of protest began and a simple thing like a longboard was not in the plans for around a decade.

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