Skateboarding as of 2021 is now an official Olympic sport. Tony Hawk has been a great influence in the skateboarding community and has even helped to build more skateparks and ramps around the world so more fans can safely access the sport they love. Even Rob Dyrdek was a big part of it by drawing in sponsors into multiple business opportunities, including the ownership of his own skate company Street League Skateboarding like Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk has also had some games like the Tony hawk Pro Skater games from the old ones from 1999 to 2020.
Skateboard facts – Skateboarding started as “sidewalk surfing” – The military thought of having their marines use skateboards in urban environments to help go over tripwire and and maneuver better in buildings but the plan soon fell out a bit later – The first skateboarding shoe was released by the Randolph rubber company with the shoe called the Randy “720” – The first skatepark ever was Surf City in Tucson, Arizona which was built on September 3rd 1965
A 2009 report found that the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue, with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world. In 2016, it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, for both male and female teams seen in 2021 of course as well. By the 1960s a small number of surfing manufacturers in Southern California such as Jack’s, Kip’s, Hobie, Bing’s, and Makaha started building skateboards that resemble small surfboards and assembled teams to promote their products. One the earliest skateboard exhibitions was sponsored by Makaha’s founder, Larry Stevenson, 1963 and held at the Pier Avenue Junior High School in Hermosa Beach, California.