The popularity of skateboarding dropped and remained low until the early 1970s.
Prior to this new material, skateboards wheels were metal or "clay" wheels.
A 2009 report found that the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world.
The first skateboards started with wooden boxes, or boards, with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom.
Already, there are storm clouds on the horizon with opponents of the sport talking about ban and restriction.
One of the earliest sponsored skateboarders, Patti Mc Gee, was paid by Hobie and Vita Pak to travel around the country to do skateboarding exhibitions and to demonstrate skateboarding safety tips.These were very popular during the mid-1970s and were available in a myriad of colors, bright yellow probably being the most memorable, hence the name.In 1975 skateboarding had risen back in popularity enough to have one of the largest skateboarding competitions since the 1960s, the Del Mar National Championships, which is said to have had up to 500 competitors.Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, as well as a recreational activity, an art form, an entertainment industry job, and a method of transportation.Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years.Some of the development concepts in the terrain of skateparks were actually taken from the Escondido reservoir.Many companies started to manufacture trucks (axles) specially designed for skateboarding, reached in 1976 by Tracker Trucks.Some other well known surfer-style skateboarders of the time were Danny Bearer, Torger Johnson, Bruce Logan, Bill and Mark Richards, Woody Woodward, & Jim Fitzpatrick.The growth of the sport during this period can also be seen in sales figures for Makaha, which quoted million worth of board sales between 19 (Weyland, 20).The improvement in traction and performance was so immense that from the wheel's release in 1972 the popularity of skateboarding started to rise rapidly again, causing companies to invest more in product development.Nasworthy commissioned artist Jim Evans to do a series of paintings promoting Cadillac Wheels, they were featured as ads and posters in the resurrected Skateboarder magazine, and proved immensely popular in promoting the new style of skateboarding.