The Ultimate Skateboarding Quiz

By: Charles W. Bryant

The Ultimate Skateboarding Quiz
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About This Quiz

Skateboarding was born from the minds of bored surfers in Southern California who sought some fun when waves were lame. Now it's a top extreme sport and part of a multimillion dollar industry. Dust off your deck and see how much you know.
The first skateboard was built in what year?
1968
1967
While the sport's popularity grew in the 1970s, it was invented in 1967.
1973

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Who was the first person to complete a 900-degree aerial rotation?
Stacy Peralta
Tony Hawk
Stacy Peralta could only dream of doing what Tony Hawk did when he nailed the first 900.
Nobody has ever completed a successful 900.

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Skateboarding was originally called what?
Street waving
Flatboarding
Sidewalk surfing
If you know your skateboarding history, then you probably know that it was called sidewalk surfing in its formative years.

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More than half of the skateboarders in the United States live in what state?
California
It was invented in California, and that state remains the hottest spot for skateboarding.
Florida
Arizona

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Which body part is most often injured while skateboarding?
Wrist
Because of a skater's tendency to break his or her fall, a wrist injury is most common.
Knee
Leg

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Skateboarding was banned for more than 20 years because of injury rates in what country?
England
Canada
Norway
Norway banned the sale of skateboards from 1978 to 1989.

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The first skate park was built in which California town?
Venice
Carlsbad
There are skate parks all over Southern California, but the first one was built in Carlsbad.
Bakersfield

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How many skateboard decks are manufactured each month in the United States?
1,000,000
100,000
500,000
Showing how popular the sport has become, half a million decks are cut and sanded every month.

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How many people are estimated to take part in skateboarding in the United States each year?
9.3 million
The third most popular sport for teenagers, 9.3 million kids take to the streets each year on a skateboard.
5.4 million
15.5 million

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How much money is generated by the skateboarding industry each year?
$1 billion
$500 million
$3 billion
Hope you guessed high in this case. It's a $3 billion industry.

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You Got:
/10
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