Makaha skateboard used by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1964

Makaha skateboard used by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1964

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Makaha skateboard used by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1964 after returning from a world exhibition tour. 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 1963, Stevenson put together the Makaha Skateboard Exhibition team to travel to many countries in Western Europe introducing the world to skateboarding and handing out skateboards to eager participants.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
skateboard
date made
1964
user
Fitzpatrick, Jim
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
ID Number
2018.0269.01
accession number
2018.0269
catalog number
2018.0269.01
subject
skateboarding
Professional
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Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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