Skateboard History – 1964/1965

Skateboard History- 1964

1964 was a lot of skateboard going out to the masses and quickly the joy everyone was having turned to fear thanks to the media… I’m taking a deeper dive into the 60’s biggest trend and flop, skateboarding.


The first skateboard magazine, The Quarterly Skateboarder (you can view them here), was printed in 1964 by John Severson & the publishers of Surfer Magazine. It survived one year and 4 issues and wasn’t seen again until 10 years later in 1975.

The Good Side: Jan and Dean ‘Sidewalk Surfin’ video on American Band Stand 1964

1965 was the first Skateboarding Championships in Anaheim California. Check out the broadcast on ABC Wide World of Sports…

The same year, 1965, the worlds first skatepark opened up in Albany Oregon on July 1st, 1965:

Albany Skatepark Grand Opening in 1965
Albany Skatepark Grand Opening in 1965, the worlds first Skatepark! This article was shared to a 60’s Skateboard Collectors Facebook Group by Darren Haugen
Albany Skatepark Grand Opening in 1965, the worlds first Skatepark!
Albany Democrat-Herald June 27, 1965
Albany Skatepark Grand Opening in 1965, the worlds first Skatepark!
Albany Skate Center article in the Albany Democrat-Herald Aug 9, 1966

Tucson Arizona is thought by most to be the first skatepark, but it seems to be the 2nd. It was called Surf City and opened for business at 5140 E. Speedway in Tucson, Arizona on September 3, 1965.

Surf City grand opening flyer from Tucson AZ. 1965 Article from the newspaper
Surf City grand opening flyer from Tucson AZ. 1965 Article from the newspaper
Surf City Tucson 1965 Article from the newspaper in 1965
Surf City Tucson 1965 Article from the newspaper in 1965
More information from the newspaper in 1965

The next skatepark to open up was in Kelso Washington on a wooden skate track. This is all anyone can find about it so far from the April 1966 issue of Popular Science.

1965 emporia Gazette Article about Skateboarding

The Bad Side newspapers reporting how bad Skateboarding is…

St. Louis MO newspaper article about skateboarding and how bad it is.