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How Skateboarding Flipped Its White Male Image

It’s a sport to be enjoyed by all.

For many, skateboarding still conjures up a certain image.

It might be of Californian dudes named Brad and Jay tearing up sun-baked swimming pools in the 1970s — their tanned torsos and blonde hair contrasting perfectly with blue skies and billowing palm trees — or perhaps, since the rise of street-based skateboarding in the 1990s, it could be a roving band of risk-takers, usurping public squares, stairs, and handrails to create a punk alternative to “normal” city life.

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