Makaha skateboard used by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1964

Description (Brief):

Makaha skateboard used by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1964 after he returned from a tour of a dozen European countries where he skateboarded as often as he could. Fitzpatrick was recruited by Makaha founder Larry Stevenson, for the Makaha Skateboard Exhibition Team at 14. According to the donor, Larry Stevenson developed Makaha Skateboards in the early 1960s in Santa Monica, California producing the first "high performance" skateboard in 1962. Stevenson would ask the skateboarders, such as Fitzpatrick, what they thought of the boards, how did they ride, how could they be improved - he listened and developed the best board at the time. In addition to Fitzpatrick’s unique trek to Europe, the Makaha team skateboarders traveled together and individually throughout Southern California, and even to Hawaii on one memorable trip, introducing spectators to skateboarding.

Date Made: 1964

User: Fitzpatrick, James

Location: Currently not on view

Name Of Sport: skateboardingLevel Of Sport: Professional

Subject:

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.0269.01Accession Number: 2018.0269Catalog Number: 2018.0269.01

Object Name: skateboard

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)urethane (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 5 3/4 in x 22 in; 10.16 cm x 14.605 cm x 55.88 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-a4e4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1912391

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