Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles
of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force.
Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!


Frontside Forces and Fakie Flight

In the beginning, skateboarding was simple...

With nothing more than a two-by-four on roller-skate wheels, the sidewalk
surfers of the 30s, 40s, and 50s had a straightforward mission: Start at the top
of a hill and ride down.

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What is a skateboard?

The basic elements of the skateboard seem pretty straightforward.
A board has three parts: the board or deck, the wheels, and the trucks,
which connect the wheels to the board, and allow the board to turn.

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