The history of distance skateboarding began in 1959 with Longboarding/Skateboarding, which originated in Oahu, Hawaii, when surfers began using longboarding/skateboarding to train, when there weren’t any waves. In the beginning it was called Sidewalk Surfing and the first boards were made from skies or wood planks with metal wheels taken from roller skates.
After a while people realized that clay wheels were more safe, but the young sport was still too unsafe and its popularity declined until the arrival of urethane wheels in the early 1970s, which were safer, smoother and with more grip. However with the increase usability came an increasing daringness and recklessness that drove up the price of insurance for events and skateparks. As result the sport suffered another decline in popularity until the early 1990s.
Fueled by the international popularity of skateboard celebrities like Tony Hawk, a growing group of aging skateboarders and a public that was a lot more willing to try new outdoor sports, combined with snowboarders turning to longboarding in the summer for similar experiences, distance skateboarding started carving out its own niche. By the turn of the century distance skateboarding was officially no longer a fad, but a serious sport with immense international growth and serious consideration as a viable source of transportation.