The Dos and Don'ts of Skateboarding: A 1970s Guide

An archival film explains how to cruise the streets safely.

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With more participants under the age of 18 than baseball, skateboarding is undoubtedly ingrained in our culture. And as the sport continues to grow in popularity, it's fun to look back on the early days of riding history.

In this archival film, a group of identically clad riders teach the kids of the 1970s about the importance of helmets, gloves, and kneepads. Made before the popularization of the ollie, the video is a nostalgic look back at the graceful turns and tricks of skateboarding’s past. With instruction from professional skateboarder Tom Padaca, young riders learn the dos and don’ts of skateboard usage, including a comical demonstration of all the wrong ways to ride a board. While initially intended as a safety video, the film is now a time capsule of the formative years in the sport’s development.

For more archival videos visit Prelinger Archives.

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Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

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