Street Survival Instructional Skateboard Video

Description (Brief)
The “Street Survival” video is an instructional video that teaches the watcher all there is to know about learning to skateboard, including tricks. The video was written, produced and directed by the donors, Michael Hays and George Leichtweis. Leichtweis was the owner of Michigan’s Modern Skate and Surf chain while Hays was the store manager. Before video, skateboarders had to rely on skate magazines to learn tricks through photographs. Videos, such as this one, revolutionized the way skaters learned tricks and increased the sport’s popularity worldwide. The star of the video is Bill Danforth also known as "The American Nomad" for his compulsion to travel anywhere to skate. A Detroit native, Bill Danforth began skating in the 1970s with his first skate deck issued in 1986. He became a member of Tony Alva's skate team in the late 1980s and skated in Thrasher’s King of the Road in 2005. Danforth still skates today and is widely respected among old and new skaters for his resilience and natural ability.
Currently not on view
Object Name
VHS tape, skateboarding
Danforth, Bill
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 in; 19.05 cm x 10.795 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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