Skateboarding, 1965

LIFE hat grade seine 1965er Bildstrecke mit Skatefotos von 1965 wiederveröffentlicht.

Thus did LIFE introduce to the magazine’s readers its own unique (if somewhat shrill) take on a toy that would evolve into the emblem of a singular subculture and, eventually, a lifestyle.

Skateboarding, LIFE opined in 1965, is “the most exhilarating and dangerous joyriding device this side of the hot rod. A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to limb and even to life.”

In the previous month, the magazine noted, two children in different parts of the country were killed when they careened into traffic while skateboarding.