Footpath Kings

The emerging ”sport” grew rapidly off the back of Australia’s already fairly sizeable surf industry.

The first wave of skateboarding in Australia and the U.S. was short lived, spanning the years 1964 to 1966.

A small competition scene focused on slalom and freestyle riding, but faded out almost as quickly as it had begun, leaving little trace other than a couple of newspaper articles and short TV “general interest” features as evidence.

The early to mid 70’s saw a new resurgence, and skateboarding was “on” once again, going from the long -forgotten toys tucked away in the shed, and developing into a massive craze that swept the country virtually overnight.


Skating was quickly transformed from being an offshoot of the well established local surf scene to a fully fledged movement in itself.