California skaters, 1970s
You must be familiar with the skating culture of California, that dates back to the 1940s. Surfing has always been one of California’s biggest attractions, and it is largely believed that skateboarding was invented back in the the 40s, when the waves were flat and surfers were looking for a new attraction. At the time, it was called “sidewalk surfing” – an appropriate name, don’t you think?
Since then, skating has become nothing less than a culture in California, around the country and finally around the world. Skates and skateboards took on different shapes throughout the years, and skate parks popped up around the state of California. This photo was taken sometime between 1975-1978 by photographer Hugh Holland, who was charmed by the skating culture of California and started his photography project Locals Only: California Skateboarding.