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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great skate history book, 1 Aug 2011
If you're into skateboarding, this is a book you should definitely check out. Written by Californian surfer / skater Ben Marcus, The Skateboard is a meaty 256-page tome which takes an in-depth look at history of skateboarding and skateboard design. Every era is covered: the `50s, when pioneer skate kids nailed roller-skate wheels onto wooden planks; the `60s, when surfers took up `sidewalk surfing' on flat days; the `70s, when the Dogtown crew got into riding pools; the `80s, when pro's like Mark Gonzales, Christian Hosoi, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain went crazy in half-pipes; the `90s, when Tony Hawk pulled the first 900 at the X Games; and the `00s, when Danny Way vaulted the Great Wall of China.

Author Ben Marcus is one of those blokes who doesn't do things by halves. He must have spent years researching this book; the amount of content packed into it is phenomenal. There are profiles and interviews with all the key figures in the 60-year history of the sport: the skaters obviously, but also the manufacturers, the graphic artists, the photographers, the film makers...everyone gets to tell their story.

The books is crammed with hundreds of photos of boards, showing how deck shapes and skate artwork evolved over the decades. Action shots by the likes of J Grant Brittain and cool contemporary portraits by Brit photographer Lucia Griggi turn the whole thing into a visual feast.

Everyone who was into skating back in the day will love this book. And younger guys should check it out too, as the history and evolution of the sport makes fascinating reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anybody who love sk8boarding. :-), 3 Oct 2011
Having been a skater for of 10 years, I pretty much thought I know most things about skateboarding. This book however taught me a lot!

It really goes into great detail about the history of skateboarding, where it came from, the key player that drove the development of, as well as the ups and downs of the sport over the year.

It also covers in great detail the technological innervations in the sport, such as urethane wheels and king pin style trucks that most modern day sk8rs take for granted, or probably don't even think off. It makes you realise what a long way skateboarding has come!

It also includes 100's (if not thousands) of pictures of old decks, making it great to spot old boards you used to have!

I must have for anybody who's into skateboarding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great skateboarding book for all ages, 31 Dec 2012
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Very comprehensive and full of great pictures, history and facts. Bought for 10 year old nephew who is well into his skateboarding and would be appreciated by all skateboarding fans.
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