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Our skateboarding and rollerblading books will show you all the skills you need to be an expert at these extreme sports. We also have biographies and history books about the sport.

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Skateboarding & Rollerblading Books

Our skateboarding and rollerblading books will show you all the skills you need to be an expert at these extreme sports. We also have biographies and history books about the sport.

  • Silver. Skate. Seventies.

    Hugh Holland

    Product Code: CAWWO
    Hardback
    In the 1970s, photographer Hugh Holland masterfully captured the burgeoning culture of skateboarding against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape. This never-before-published collection showcases his black-and-white photographs that document young skateboarders sidewalk surfing off Mulholland Drive in concrete drainage ditches and empty swimming pools in a drought-ridden Southern California. From suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that inspired the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached-blond hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders evoke the sometimes reckless but always exhilarating origins of skateboarding lifestyle and culture.
    • £23.20
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  • The A to Z of Skateboarding

    Tony Hawks

    Product Code: BXZCJ
    Hardback
    For more than twenty years, Tony Hawks has been mistaken for Tony Hawk, the American skateboarder. Even though it is abundantly clear on his website that he is an English comedian and author, people still write to him asking the best way to do a kickflip or land a melon. One mischievous day he started writing back in a pompous tone, goading his correspondents for their spelling mistakes and poor grammar, while offering bogus or downright silly advice on how to improve their skateboarding. Featuring entries on parents' pain, disappointment, underachievers, Quorn and the Vatican, this is his A to Z guide to the world of skateboarding, as seen through the eyes of someone who knows absolutely nothing about it.
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  • Moving Boarders

    Matthew Atencio

    Product Code: BTMDA
    Paperback
    Once considered a kind of delinquent activity, skateboarding is on track to join soccer, baseball, and basketball as an approved way for American children to pass the after-school hours. With family skateboarding in the San Francisco Bay Area as its focus, Moving Boarders explores this switch in stance, integrating first-person interviews and direct observations to provide a rich portrait of youth skateboarders, their parents, and the social and market forces that drive them toward the skate park. This excellent treatise on the contemporary youth sports scene examines how modern families embrace skateboarding and the role commerce plays in this unexpected new parent culture, and highlights how private corporations, community leaders, parks and recreation departments, and nonprofits like the Tony Hawk Foundation have united to energize skate parks-like soccer fields before them-as platforms for community engagement and the creation of social and economic capital.
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  • Skateboarding LA

    Gregory J. Snyder

    Product Code: BMARH
    Paperback
    Inside the complex and misunderstood world of professional street skateboarding On a sunny Sunday in Los Angeles, a crew of skaters and videographers watch as one of them attempts to land a "heel flip" over a fire hydrant on a sidewalk in front of the Biltmore Hotel. A staff member of the hotel demands they leave and picks up his phone to call the police.Not only does the skater land the trick, but he does so quickly, and spares everyone the unwanted stress of having to deal with the cops. This is not an uncommon occurrence in skateboarding, which is illegal in most American cities and this interaction is just part of the process of being a professional street skater. This is just one of Gregory Snyder's experiences from eight years inside the world of professional street skateboarding: a highly refined, athletic and aesthetic pursuit, from which a large number of people profit. Skateboarding LA details the history of skateboarding, describes basic and complex tricks, tours some of LA's most famous spots, and provides an enthusiastic appreciation of this dangerous and creative practice. Particularly concerned with public spaces, Snyder shows that skateboarding offers cities much more than petty vandalism and exaggerated claims of destruction. Rather, skateboarding draws highly talented young people from around the globe to skateboarding cities, building a diverse and wide-reaching community of skateboarders, filmmakers, photographers, writers, and entrepreneurs. Snyder also argues that as stewards of public plazas and parks, skateboarders deter homeless encampments and drug dealers. In one stunning case, skateboarders transformed the West LA Courthouse, with Nike's assistance, into a skateable public space. Through interviews with current and former professional skateboarders, Snyder vividly expresses their passion, dedication and creativity. Especially in relation to the city's architectural features-ledges, banks, gaps, stairs and handrails-they are constantly re-imagining and repurposing these urban spaces in order to perform their ever-increasingly difficult tricks. For anyone interested in this dynamic and daunting activity, Skateboarding LA is an amazing ride.
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  • Mastering Skateboarding

    Per Welinder

    Product Code: BFFQC
    Paperback
    Packed with tricks, this full colour guide is the only resource you'll ever need to pull off the moves you've dreamed of performing! Ever watched pro skaters and wished you knew how they were able to pull off the tricks that you see? If so, then "Mastering Skateboarding" is the resource for you! Two-time world champion skateboarder Per Welinder teams up with longtime skateboard advocate Peter Whitley to bring you the techniques and tricks used by the pros. But the information doesn't stop there. The authors also provide in-depth coverage of skateboarding equipment, including how to select the components that work best for you and how to build and tune a board that fits your individual riding style. Whether you ride street or vert, competitive or recreational, "Mastering Skateboarding" has you covered. Add this one-of-a-kind resource to your collection and you'll soon be ready to put your new skills on display! Publicity of this title is through UK and European magazines and websites including "Skate Magazine UK", "Sidewalk", "Kingpin Skateboarding" and "Grey". Email to contacts interested in skateboarding. This title is featured in Human Kinetics' monthly "PE E-Newsletter" sent to over 5,000 subscribers and "Fit News" sent to 10,000 subscribers. It is also featured on Human Kinetics' Health & Fitness Blog.
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  • Jay Boy

    Sherwood Kent

    Product Code: AYDBY
    Hardback
    Skateboarding legend Jay Adams s sudden and unexpected death at the age of fifty-three shocked the world. Media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Hollywood Reporter, ESPN, MTV, the Telegraph, and People magazine to name only a few, paid tribute to Jay Adams; the broad coverage he received speaks to the immense influence Adams had on the sport of skateboarding and the subsequent culture he helped grow and shape. Universe is pleased to bring back into print the little-known book of photographs of Jay Adams s earliest days as a surfer and skateboarder, taken by his stepfather Kent Sherwood. Sherwood is directly responsible for unleashing Adams s talent on the world: he introduced Adams at a very young age to surfing and skateboarding. Sherwood, a self-taught photographer, began shooting the young Jay Adams at play, surfing, and skating with his friends, including Tony Alva, Wentzle Ruml, and Shogo Kubo, among others. Jay Boy is an endearing, intimate look at the gifted Adams and his friends, and includes sweet and revealing thoughts about his past, written in his own hand before he passed away. It is certain to appeal to any fan of skateboarding.
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  • Skateboarding Skills

    Ryan Stutt

    Product Code: ALNWP
    Paperback
    All the moves to become a serious skateboarder. Praise for The Skateboarding Field Manual, also by Ryan Stutt: 'Stutt's appealing title is rife with the glossy glamour that should win nods of approval from even proficient shredders.' - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. From selecting the right board, to learning which way to stand, to landing a kick flip, Skateboarding Skills provides critical instruction for young riders of all experience levels. New riders will learn essential skills to advance their riding ability while experienced riders will learn new tricks to add to their repertoire. Ryan Stutt shows riders the fundamental techniques that will lead them to success as they practice skateboarding's most important and widely used flips, grinds and slides. These include: Ollies and Nollies; Manuals; Boardslides, Lipslides, Noseslides and Tailslides; 50-50 grinds, 5-0 grinds and Nose grinds; Smith grinds, Feeble grinds and Crooked grinds; Kickflips and Heelflips; Pop Shuvs; Varial Flips and 360 Flips. With Skateboarding Skills, riders will learn the building blocks that are the basis of all skateboarding tricks. Instruction for both flatground and vert skateboarding, plus real-time action sequences that capture the tricks step by step, will help riders learn how to execute the same moves that professional skateboarders use. All photographs show riders wearing the most essential of safety equipment - a helmet.
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  • Palm Angels

    Francesco Ragazz

    Product Code: AKXLF
    Hardback
    Palm Angels will be a definitive volume of the Los Angeles skateboarding scene. Photographed by the Italian creative director of Moncler, the volume devotes a special focus on the look and fashions of skate culture. While it emphasizes dramatic movement, it is less focused on describing tricks as it is about conveying the sensation of men and women engaged in an epic, all-consuming activity. This is achieved with over 200 photographs in colour and black and white, some large-format, and many duotoned in gold ink. Through art photography, this book aims to do for skate what Bruce Webber and others did for surf culture, elevating it from an exclusive and localized American preoccupation to a global phenomenon with an equally potent mystique, and one that engages a broad demographic. Pharrell Williams (known to the skate community as Skateboard P) has been instrumental in popularizing the skate look and has propelled it all the way to the high-street of fashion capitals like Paris, New York, and Tokyo.
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