LIFE Magazine opens up their archives to introduce us to the world of skateboarding in New York in 1965. Contrary to belief, skateboard was a popular form of transportation in the Big Apple, and this set of photos portrays “the most exhilarating and dangerous joyriding device this side of the hot rod. A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to limb and even to life.”
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