Reading For General Interest
Jodie Indiana Ramadhan
Skateboard shed its transport equipment image of the late 40s and 50s to become what it is today, the recreational tool. The early skateboard championships were ‘soap box derbies’ held in cities during that era of crude skateboards, which sometimes used to double up as surf boards too.
With mass production becoming a reality in the 1960s skateboards underwent a lot of transformation for better; from solid wood or metals to plywood for decks, flat no shape to concavity, clay composite steel wheels to polyurethane made ones and finally single action trucks (axles) to aluminum constructed two part trucks. There is so much more in the safety, comfort and durability departments that you need to look into when buying skateboards.
Well, how do these things help? At first, the question may strike an irrelevant chord, but not so when you see the difference. Just taste this for samples: Without that innovative concavity would it have been possible for those champion skateboarders to takeoff from flat ground? Forget that for a minute, speeding along the streets wouldn’t have been a reality but for the grip tapes now you find on the decks, which prevent you from slipping even as you takeoff.
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1. Shed /ʃɛd/ noun [Trans.] a simple roofed structure used for garden storage
... when people took their scooters and started to take The skateboards materials started off very primitive but throughout time advanced to ... become very good. Skateboards are made up of four urethane wheels, which are connected ... in the world. You will see many skateboarders advertising there skateboard company either on the board Skateboarding is a very fun ...
2. derbies/ˈdɑːbi/noun(plural form derby)[Trans.] an annual flat race for three-year-old horses
3. held /hɛld/(past form hold)verb[Trans.] support with one’s arms or hands
4. crude /kruːd/adj.[Trans.] in a natural or raw state
5. underwent /ʌndəˈwɛnt/(past form undergo)verb[Trans.] experience or be subjected to (something)
6. shape /ʃeɪp/noun[Trans.] the external form , contours, or outline of someone or something
7. concavity /kɒnˈkavɪti/noun(plural form concavities) the state or quality of being concave
8. clay /kleɪ/noun[trans.] a stiff, sticky fine-grained earth that can be moulded when wet
9. polyurethane /ˌpɒlɪˈjʊərɪθeɪn/noun[Trans.] a synthetic resin in which the polymer units are linked by urethane groups
10. irrelevant /ɪˈrɛlɪv(ə)nt/adj. [Trans.] not connected with or relevant to something
11. chord /kɔːd/noun[Trans.] a group of (typically three or more ) notes sounded together
12. innovative /ˈɪnəvətɪv/adj.[Trans.] advanced and original
13. concavity /kɒnˈkavɪti/(plural form concativies)noun[Trans.] the state or quality of being concave
14. prevent /prɪˈvɛnt/verb[Trans.] keep (something) from happening
lose one’s footing and slide unintentionally for a short distance
15. comfort /ˈkʌmfət/noun[Trans.] a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint
16. durability /dʒɔːrəˈbɪlɪti/noun[Trans.] the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage
17. solid /ˈsɒlɪd/adj.[Trans.] firm and stable in shape; not liquid or fluid
18. recreational /rɛkriˈeɪʃənl/adj.[Trans.] relating to or denoting activity done for enjoyment when one is not working
19. reality /rɪˈalɪti/(plural form realities)noun[Trans.] the state of things as they actually exist
20. strike /strʌɪk/verb[Trans.] hit forcibly and deliberately with one’s hand or a weapon or other implement