"Skateboard Sense": Riding a Pavement in Style (Or Not) in 1976
November 21, 2016 - skateboarding
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Skaters: does this 1976 video make we sentimental for a days of shredding in your bend pads and tube socks? Maybe not. In fact, extraordinary sartorial choices everywhere in “Skateboard Sense,” a nine-minute open recognition ad recorded as partial of a Prelinger Archives.
The video was shot on plcae in Southern California, that is wise given skateboarding’s origins in 1950s roller culture. When a roller was low, surfers kept their skills pointy by holding to a streets of Southern California with homemade skateboards. By a 1960s movement enlightenment blossomed opposite Southern California, where skaters could use 365 days per year. A decade after a competition was revolutionized with a introduction of new polyurethane technology; wheels done of a new element became some-more shock-resistant and supposing a smoother float compared with a strange metal wheels.
The opening stage of this David (Sid) reserve ad strangely mixes classical spaghetti western song with footage of teenage riders, clad head-to-toe in protecting gear, barreling down Southern California pavement. Tom Padaca of a Pro/Am Skateboarding Racing Association narrates how skateboarding can be both fun and safe. “There’s no approach to equivocate descending if we float a skateboard,” he says. ‘But if we know how to tumble and are wearing a correct reserve gear, we can tumble on pavement and petrify and not get hurt.” Don’t have income for bend and knee pads? Make them yourself out of rinse cloths and channel tape! Need palm protection? Wear gardening gloves! With a importance on helmets, staying off a street, and ubiquitous prudence, this 40-year-old film roughly seems currently to benefaction a anti-image of a skater.