The retail sales in the United States for the surf and skate industry have exceeded $7.22 billion and is expected to see a substantial 10% growth in the next 5 years. This growth is estimated to be due to the onset of footwear and skater related styles attracting customers to this industry. Apparel has maintained one of the larger categories for revenue in the surf and skate industry followed by accessories. The following collection of skateboard company names are from nation brands and local retailers that cater to skateboarders in their area.
Birdhouse and Blitz
Girl and Chocolate Skateboards
LIB Technologies Skateboards
Plan B Skateboards
The first skateboard appeared in the 1950’s in Southern California. Constructed on just a plank of wood and metal rollers, the skateboard has been revolutionized through the decades. Clay wheels eventually were introduced and the kicktail debuted in the 1970’s. The use of polyurethane wheels and slide rails for people that ramp skate. With the onset of decreasing width and smaller wheels, skaters can perform faster board rotation with flip tricks. The below infographic outlines the timeline of skateboards since their debut.