The festive season is fast approaching, and the search has begun for the latest toys, tech, and 2020 must-haves. Since our lockdown summer saw a boom in sales for inline skates (or rollerblades, if you’re retro!) there’s a good chance you’ll be purchasing a pair or two this year.
Roller skating has a wild history that literally crashed onto the London party scene when, in 1760, inventor Joseph Merlin wore his new metal wheeled boots to a social gathering and literally collided with a rather expensive full-length mirror.
It’s over 20 years since Tony Hawk changed sports sims and the perception of skateboarding in the UK forever. Today, there isn’t a town in the country that doesn’t have a skatepark, where boarders hang out to show off their slappies and perfect a pivot grind. But it wasn’t always this way. Skate culture owes as much to Neversoft and their chosen figurehead as it does to Ollie, Dogtown and punk rock.
From its birth in 1950s California to its present day position as the king of extreme sports, skateboarding has had quite a history. Along the way, the sport has been carried to ever greater heights by some of the world's most dedicated and innovative athletes.
Whether you are buying a pair of roller skates for yourself or your child, its important to get your purchases right the first time and invest in reputable brands that know their stuff and produce great quality skates.
Whether you are buying for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas or just because…. Check out our five favourite gifts for skateboarders.
Summer is officially upon us and regardless of the downfalls of covid-19, it’s all about keeping fit, keeping healthy and starting a new hobby.