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An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The skateboard

The skateboard

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Skateboard

The skateboard is a great source of entertainment for those who are young at heart. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

The skateboard

A young man is performing balance stunts on his skateboard. In skateboarding competitions this style is called street. Photo: Robin “Boon” Nilssen.

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The skateboard

A board, two trucks and four wheels — it was not more difficult than that. The skateboard was created during the 1950s in California in the USA. In the beginning, the rolling board was a pursuit for surfers who for various reasons could not go out onto the sea. Skateboarding was called "sidewalk surfing" and the purpose was to develop skateboarders´ surfing skills on the water. But it did not take long before skateboarders began to practice manoeuvres that could not be applied to the waves. The skateboard got a life of its own and its own culture.

The skateboard came to Sweden during the 1970s while it was banned in Norway between 1978 and 1989. Skateboarders have increased over the years and a major industry has grown from it including shoes, clothes, music, magazines and films. Skateboarding today is both a sport and a lifestyle.

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