Original Skateboard Maneuver Chart

Description (Brief)
This large, fold out, “Original Skateboard Maneuver” chart is printed on brown paper with handwritten notes. It includes different skateboarding tricks and instructions on how to execute them. Michael Hays created this chart and it represents, what he believes, is the first diagram of connectivity between skateboard maneuvers. This is what the "Street Survival" video's instructional format is based upon. The “Street Survival” video is an instructional video that teaches viewers rudimentary information about the sport & lifestyle of skateboarding and skateboarding tricks. This video was written, produced and directed by the donors George Leichtweis President and Producer of Reel Thing Productions, Inc. and Owner of Modern Skate and Surf Company; and Michael Hays Vice President and Director of Reel Thing Productions. Inc. and Manager of Modern Skate and Surf, Company.
Before video was common, skateboarders had to rely on skate magazines to learn tricks through photographs. Videos, such as “Street Survival,” 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 and teaches today, and is widely respected among old and new skaters for his resilience and natural ability.
Currently not on view
Object Name
chart, skateboarding
Hays, Michael Alan
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 21 1/2 in x 25 in; 54.61 cm x 63.5 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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