The origins of modern street skateboarding: the early 1980sEdit
The golden age of street skateboarding: mid 1980sEdit
Street skateboarding in magazinesEdit
In the late 1990s and early 21st century, grinding became a major professional standard in street skating. Not only were rails a staple in pro street skating, but also in competitions and demonstrations. Indeed, for some time it seemed the larger the rail, and the bigger the stair set, the better. In the last few years, grinding has remained an important part of professional street skating, but is not as essential to a video part as it once was.
Street skateboarding today: 2001-PresentEdit
The skateboarding industry has now grown and flourished for nearly ten years without experiencing a major recession like those seen by previous skate generations (although minor financial losses were reported by several companies in the year 2003). During the last 5 years, skateboarding has taken many interesting turns. Pool skateboarding was revived on a grand scale in the years between 2000 and 2003, and continues to be featured in a number of newly released skate videos, such as DVS Shoes' Skate More. Skateparks, which were a scarce commodity in the mid 1990s, are now present in both small and large communities throughout North America and Europe. Moreover, a significant number of female participants can be reported in a sport that has been largely male dominated throughout the course of its history. Not unlike the sport itself, street skateboarding is taking a new shape, and a new direction. While handrails and stairs are still major features in skate videos, it is now obvious that other approaches are being taken by pros and amateur's alike. Ali Boulala's short part in Flip's 2002 video Sorry! was interpreted by some as an 'anti handrail manifesto', because the majority of his tricks were performed on banks, down stairs, and on ledges. Recently, a number of professional street skaters have been seen performing old-school tricks (such as wallrides, bonelesses, no-complys and airwalks) in line with 1990s style flip tricks, i.e. Jason Adams' part in Black Label's 2003 video Black Out.
Recently, professional skateboarders have taken to skating different obstacles than in the late 90's/early 2000s. Whereas in the 1990s most street skating was done on traditional ledges, rails, stairs, and gaps, now skateboarders have been skating more unusual terrain. Random banks and oddly shaped structures have become the canvas for street skaters to perform their art. Daewon Song's skating in Skate More has been described as his masterpiece, and is not inclusive of handrails of any kind, as he has never been a handrail skater, and is a sharp turn from doing very technical skating (as is seen in his part in the video "Almost: Round 3"), to skating a more creative type of terrain. In his part, Daewon skates everything from basic benches to rock formations, waterfalls, and pools.