Skateboarding is the act of riding on a skateboard. A person who skateboards is most often called a "skateboarder."
Skateboarding can be for fun, as art, a job, or a way of moving around. Skateboarding has been changed by many skateboarders over many years. A 2002 report by American Sports Data found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. 85 percent of skateboarders were under 18 years old. 74 percent were male 
The basic tricks of skateboarding are ollies, kickflips, shuv-its, and 180's ("one-eighties"). These are the tricks that new skateboarders often try. An "ollie" is when you pop your board and you get off the ground. A kickflip is when you do an ollie and rotate you board. A "shuv-it" is turning you board 180° while staying over your board. A "180" is turning your board 180° while you turn with the board. As you get better at skateboarding, you may want to try variations of these tricks. For example, the "tre flip", which is a 360° shuv-it and a kickflip.
Skateboarding started when surfers in California wanted to take surfing to the street. Soon, the first skateboard was invented in the 1950's. From there, the new culture of skateboarding was created.
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