Although the skateboard has been around for more than 60 years, skateboarding didn’t start to become a sport until the polyurethane wheel was invented in the early 1970s. Around that time, young athletes started pushing the boundaries, surfing empty pools and creating new tricks. By the mid ‘90s, freestyle skateboarding had become one of the most popular action sports in the US. As the sport progressed, skateboard technology continued to evolve. Protective gear became more readily available, including skate pads, wrist guards, helmets and skate shoes. Today, there are several different styles of skateboard to choose from, including the popular longboard or “sidewalk surfer.” Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced skater, be sure to stop here first for the best deals on complete skateboards, skateboard decks, skate shoes, skate helmets, skate backpacks and skate clothing.