Skateboarding Science

Skateboarding Science

by Helaine Becker

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Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
From history to technique, from technological advances to the future of the sport, this title in the "Sports Science" series explains everything about the basics of skateboarding. When surfers "stuck wooden boxes onto rollerskater wheels" skateboarding was invented. The sport has come a long way since its invention in the 1950s. Now skateboards are specialized with kicktails, specialized decks, and urethane wheels. Becker explains that even skateboarding shoes—although a popular style in some crowds is strictly for looks—are made specifically to help wearers become a better skater. (The soles are designed to help grip the skateboard while the laces are protected to help prevent shredding.) The book is packed with little facts that explain even the smallest changes in the style, equipment, and popularity of this extreme sport. Each page lists "new words" at the bottom of the page, so readers do not have to wonder what the author is talking about (although the glossary compiles the skateboarding vocabulary at the end as well). With a plethora of fact boxes and color photographs scattered throughout the book, all skateboarding novices will enjoy learning about this intense sport. An index and a list of books and websites are also included. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

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Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
Sports Science, #3
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Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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