Set the dial on your Way Back Machine to 1964. That’s the year skateboarding first exploded in popularity, prompting Surfer magazine founder John Severson to introduce The Quarterly Skateboarder, the first publication dedicated solely to covering the evolution of the newly-emerging sport. Pre-dating any other skateboard magazine, book, zine, movie or video that you can name, The Quarterly Skateboarder (the name changed to Skateboarder Magazine with the third issue) went on to profile in its four 1960s issues the cream of the crop of the first wave of pros: Danny Bearer, Pat McGee, Tommy Ryan and Woody Woodward.
Also featured were skateboarding’s first major contest, the International Skateboard Championships, the first-ever published photo of backyard pool riding, an epic downhill run at the Concourse, night rallies, plenty of early Rick Griffin artwork and classic ads from pioneering brands like Gordon and Smith, Hobie, Makaha, Nash, Roller Derby, Skee-Skate and Super Surfer. We’re talking about some serious early skateboarding history here!
Fully restored, all four 1960s issues of The Quarterly Skateboarder and Skateboarder Magazine are available from the print-on-demand publisher, Blurb, perfect bound and printed on thick, premium paper. They are really deluxe! With original copies fetching well north of $100.00 each, these reprints are an easy way for collectors to acquire copies for considerably less. But, order soon, because they will be limited. After 200 copies of each issue have been sold, the magazines will no longer be available. Published with the permission of the owner of Skateboarder, The Enthusiast Network, 50% of the profits will be donated to the Next Up Foundation, which helps at-risk youth by supporting their development, education, and healthy lifestyles.