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1. Skateboarding
2. Skateboarding: Book of Tricks
3. The Trouble with Skateboarding
4. Street Skateboarding: Endless
5. Street Skateboarding: Flip Tricks
6. Skateboarding 2011 Square 12X12
7. The Concrete Wave: The History
8. Art, Skateboarding and Life (Book
9. Skateboarder's Start-Up: A Beginner's
10. Tony Hawk: Skateboarding Legend
11. Skateboarding: How It Works (The
12. Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks
13. Skater Girl: A Girl's Guide to
14. The Skateboarding Field Manual
15. Blabac Photo: The Art of Skateboarding
16. Skateboarding: Ramp Tricks
17. Skateboarding is Not a Crime:
18. Skateboarding History: From the
19. Skateboarding, Space and the City:
20. Skateboarding 3d (English and

1. Skateboarding
by Clive Gifford
Paperback: 64 Pages (2006-06-19)
list price: US$9.99 -- used & new: US$5.11
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Asin: 0756620740
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From board maintenance and ollies to vert skating and grinds, this book uses bite-sized instructions and killer original photography to introduce kids to the action-packed world of skateboarding. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for a 12-year-old
I bought this for a great-grandson for Christmas, trying to continue my reputation of being the "Book Grandma" without being considered completely out of touch.It worked!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for young beginners
Simple explanations and full colour, full size pictures make this an ideal introduction to skateboarding for young skateboarders.Perfect for my 8 year old son.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for 7 year old
This is a great teaching book for young skateboarders who are just getting into it.My son is 7 and he loved the pictures and the variety of information.There is enough words to offer information and explanations but not too many so they lose interest.We bought the book for another 7 year old friend and he loves it too. ... Read more

2. Skateboarding: Book of Tricks (Start-Up Sports)
by Steve Badillo, Doug Werner
Paperback: 192 Pages (2003-10-01)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$4.95
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Asin: 1884654193
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Serious skaters looking for unusual and innovative tricks will find them in this skateboarding instructional guide. The tricks run the gamut from classic old school to modern with an emphasis on diversification, creativity, and originality. Included are riding basics and tips for controlling fear, visualizing, and focusing. Sequential shots detail every move needed to successfully re-create the various skateboarding tricks. The mechanics of the sport are also covered, including types of boards available, and the various wheels, bearings, and skateboarding surfaces. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My son loves this!!!!
I bought this for my son.........he is really into skateboarding.He loves it. He has been through it several times and says it really shows him how to do some of the things he wants to do. Book was a great price for the information.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not helpful
My son didn't find this book helpful at all. He said that he already knew how to do most of the tricks and even if he didn't, the instructions were not clear enough to be able to learn them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Skateboarding;Bag of Tricks
I bought this book for my 14 year old grandson. He said ,"Grandma you finally sent me a book I want to read!!"

3-0 out of 5 stars zack's reviews
This book is not a beginner book butit is agood book when u
know how to ollie& all beginner tricks.

5-0 out of 5 stars skateboarding
I like this book because it does give some information about some tricks. It show's some good skateboarding tricks. What i don't like is it doesn't give that many picture. ... Read more

3. The Trouble with Skateboarding
by Chris Ashley
Paperback: 206 Pages (2006-07-06)
list price: US$20.00 -- used & new: US$20.00
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Asin: 141202367X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Counterfeit skateboards! Who is trying to put Mike Holt out of business? He's already had one tragedy in his life, will this be more than he can handle? Jim and Ben need to find out who is doing this quickly or their dreams of a skateboard park will be gone forever.

This is the story of five close friends who all share one common love - skateboarding. They live in the small city of Exton, Pennsylvania that is not known as a skateboarding haven. They have dreams of changing that by helping to open a new skate park in their city. Their plans are taking shape when disasters strikes. Mike's shop is in danger of being put out of business by a mysterious stranger and that would lead to the end of the 2nd Annual Boardzone Skateboard competition and their skate park dreams.

Like most kids they can't resist getting involved and jump right in to try and figureout what is going on - and of course, get into a load of trouble in the process. With the help of their Uncle, a retired policeman, the group of young people get into one precarious situation after another while searching for the identity of the counterfeiter. Each day leads our young group one step closer to facing their biggest challenge ever.

Will they solve the mysterious counterfeit skateboarding ring? Will Mike lose his store and cancel the big competition? Will corrupt city officials steal the land for the new skate park?

No one is going to take away their dream of the first skate park in their hometown. Even if they have to face their enemy head on - they will.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Trouble with Skateboarding
my son - age 14- hates to read but loves to skateboard and he actually read this book in less than a week with no prompting from me. The fact that it was set in the geographic area where we live also helped make it interesting. He said he liked it (high praise from him for a book!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great skateboarding story
I picked up this book after I heard about it on the radio.It's a great story that boys and girls would love.They have to have an interest in skateboarding.I bought it for my son (13 yrs) and he couldn't put it down.He loved the action and all the skateboarding talk.Even my daughter (11 yrs) liked it.

If you're looking for a great story that the kids will love, this is it. ... Read more

4. Street Skateboarding: Endless Grinds and Slides: An Instructional Look at Curb Tricks
by Evan Goodfellow, Doug Werner
Paperback: 176 Pages (2005-06-01)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$0.95
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Asin: 1884654231
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Taking place at real street locations, this photographic collection provides readers with the information necessary to take skateboarding abilities to a higher level of performance. Progression of style and technique in skateboarding has led to the cutting-edge use of real-world terrain such as curbs, stairs, and handrails. Beginning with instruction on how to properly negotiate curbs and escalating to the endless ways a skateboarder can maneuver up, over, and down the cement and asphalt that make up the urban and suburban landscapes, these step-by-step photographs will help skateboarders master the streets of the world.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grinding It Out
When I decided to learn street skateboarding I was in a dilemma many skaters will identify with, I wanted to start at the top with some spectacular flip tricks and rail tricks that would have my friends jaws a-drop.But soon enough I realized that skating is an art of slow, small steps, and you have to give yourself room to reverse, always an escape hatch.Evan Goodfellow's introduction to flat world curb tricks was just what the doctor ordered.

I've never seen Goodfellow in person, but the clips I saw convinced me he knew what he was talking about.I started on page one and never really looked back.Funny to think of pro Evan posing for the photo set where he just ollies up a curb over and over again, must be like child's play to him.Soon enough he's onto switch stances and the "half cab noseslide," one of the most surprising of the curb tricks he outlines.On the wax debate, Goodfellow places himself firmly on the pro-wax team, even going so far as to suggest we abolish skate parks in favor of imitation city curbs and lots and call them our parks.

You have to hand it to the photographer too.They certainly don't skimp on photos unlike some of the other so called intros to skateboarding.The photographer, Tadashi Yamaoda, prints his slides in a clever greyscale system so that the deep background of each picture, the city skyline and so on, appears only in a fog of light gray, and the important details of the foreground are rendered in sharp black clarity.Very useful.A disclaimer at the beginning of the book says to wear safety equipment while skateboarding, but neither Evan nor any of his fellow models doing the tricks in the book look like they're wearing any gear, maybe a jockstrap possibly?Oh well, we get the picture, it's a sport that takes balls and talent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I've seen the guy skate before, both in California and up in Canada, and have been blown away by the stuff he's been able to pull off.He lays his book out very well, showing the beginner, and the want-to-be-pro alike, exactly how to pull the best tricks off for themselves.Most instructional skating books are useless, but this one is actually very valuable, which is the first one like it that I've seen anywhere.You won't be disappointed in getting this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book is the best I've read.The trick photos are cool and show me exactly how to do them.I wish he wrote books on surfing too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super informative
This book really gave me some great tips on learning new curb tricks. I found it to be really informative and well put together. I like the fact that the author is a skateboarder himself and can therefore offer valuable instruction from experience. I would recommend this book to any skateboarder looking to take their skating to the next level.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome!
Finally, someone has written a book about skateboarding that can actually help you learn tricks. The photo sequences and step by step instructions are really helpful and the way the book is organized makes it really easy to learn how to improve your skateboarding. I would recommend this book for any skaters who are looking for some totally useful advice from a guy who has the skills to back up what he is saying. Evan Goodfellow knows skating! Check out the book for yourself and read what a pro skater has to say about the fastest way to learn grinds and slides. ... Read more

5. Street Skateboarding: Flip Tricks
by Evan Goodfellow
Paperback: 192 Pages (2005-10-28)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$0.35
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Asin: 188465424X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With sequential photos and step-by-step instructions, this guide to a performance cornerstone—the flip trick—benefits skateboarders of all skill levels. Often combined with curb tricks and applied to such obstacles as handrails and ramps, flip tricks are commonly used as the final touch on a more complex maneuver, and, with this guidebook, readers learn the basics of such tricks while progressing toward veteran moves. A section devoted to the history of skateboarding is included with an in-depth look at the individuals responsible for the creation of flip tricks and how they came to invent this aspect unique to skateboarding.
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5-0 out of 5 stars lol like
hello i loved this book even though i didnt read it. omg lol i mnow how to do a kickflip but is not thanks to this book so get it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book is one of the best skate boarding books out there.I definitely recommend it.Great photos, easy explanations. ... Read more

6. Skateboarding 2011 Square 12X12 Wall Calendar
by BrownTrout Publishers Inc
Calendar: 24 Pages (2010-08-01)
list price: US$13.99 -- used & new: US$10.61
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Asin: 1421661551
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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At one time skateboarding was not even considered a sport, but it has come a long, long way since the early days when roller skate wheels were bolted to two by fours. These days skate parks seem to be everywhere, skater magazines seem to be everywhere, and it's not uncommon to see skateboarding competitions and exhibitions on TV.

This fun and challenging sport has indeed made the big time. A few famous skaters have practically become household names! This wall calendar features skaters from around the world, doing "sick" tricks in the urban landscape, on ramps, and in parks. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Pics .....
Great pics.Only drawback - doesn't say who pulling off the awesome trick or where the pics were taken. ... Read more

7. The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding
by Michael Brooke
Paperback: 200 Pages (1999-09-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$16.99
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Asin: 1894020545
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The first book ever published to document the history ofone of the worlds most cutting edge sports-skateboarding.The bookfeatures hundreds of photos of skaters, memorabilia and includesinterviews with Tony Alva and Tony Hawk.Forward by Rodney Mullen. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally,a REAL History of Skateboarding
Along with Jocko Weyland's "The Answer is Never," I would highly recommend this book as a great reference for the history of all things Skateboard. The comprehensive history isn't overshadowed by narrow histories (i.e. Dogtown's story), nor personalities (i.e. Tony Hawk as the definitive spokesman), nor stereotypes as it examines the evolution of the skateboard from its start in the 60s as a Sidewalk Surfer toy, through wavering bouts of popularity and decline, to the billion dollar industry it is today. The development of polyurethane wheels, the evolution of deck graphics, the magazines that facilitated its publicity, the rise of the pro skater, and everything in between to give skaters and non-skaters alike something to really appreciate about skateboarding.

Hopefully, author Michael Brooke considers updating the book to incorporate the latest epoch.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of info and some nice pics
Bought for nephew who is a skateboard nut. He loved the glossy pictures. Also lots of info in there about the history.

4-0 out of 5 stars Got my 12 year old to READ
This book is definitely designed for the younger reader. I liked the graphical layout and many sidebars which is ideal for a reader like my son who has the attention span of a gnat unless it has anything to do with skateboarding. For this reason, I ordered this book for him.

Initially, when he got it for xmas he put it aside then rediscovered it this month and couldnt put it down. That for me is a good thing and while i have read the negative reviews on this book regarding inaccuracies etc. I think this title is a good start for a novice skateboarder who should learn the history of a sport he loves.

While this review is totally based on the reader and not the content, i think its important for parents to know that this book works for reluctant readers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be a staple in every skater's house
Very interesting historical view on skating. Reads more like a magazine, (no wonder he started one) but in a good way. We are presented with articles basically, from key skaters throughout time. My only gripe is that he hasn't done a new edition, but I really can't complain about this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Checked the facts.... and loved it!
I was more than a little skeptical when I started reading this one, but found it very enlightening for a "non-skater with a skater husband".I was even more shocked to find out my husband corresponds regularly with the author! I felt this was a very honest, fact-filled book which made it easy for even a laywoman to understand. :)

This book is an awesome read as well as some of the other publications that Michael's company has out there!My hubby is a big stickler for details and even he was impressed, which takes a lot. Being almost-40 (but would never admit it) sports nuts, we both enjoyed this one! ... Read more

8. Art, Skateboarding and Life (Book & 2 DVDs)
by Andy Howell
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2006-02-15)
list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$29.90
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Asin: 1584232218
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Art, Skateboarding & Life is an action packed story that is related in a series of awesome visuals. In his first monograph, Andy Howell's work on the deck and as an artist is presented within the context of an expansive network of artists, skaters and agitators all bent on having an impact. Chronologically arranged chapters are driven by an intense mixture of interviews, narrative text and non-stop full bleed visuals that trace Howell's journey through pro skateboarding, the action sports industry and allied segments of the DIY movements within art, music and design. Contributors include Tony Hawk, Shepard Fairey, Patricia Arquette, Dallas Austin, Ed Templeton, David Choe and Kenton Parker. The 2 DVDs feature interviews with artists and skaters, skate videos and music by Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Monkey Wrench, Mass Prophets, The Blowing Rock Triplets and so much more!! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars N-joy
Raw art striaght from the sk8 life. This is a collection of what many skateboarders [who are actually artists] think about. Well worth exploring. Nicely wrapped.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
One of the most creative individuals in Skateboarding. This book is a MUST HAVE for anybody who have ridden a skateboard. And there are 2 dvds as well, with classics from New Deal. (The only thing missingis the music)

Thanx Andy!

Øyvind K. Svendsen

5-0 out of 5 stars maximum visual density
this book will take you hours and hours to get through. between the texts from Howell and guests such as dave kinsey, tony hawk and shepard fairey and the thousands of images there's just an amazing amount of skate culture crammed into one book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sell Out!
This guy started out pretty cool, but then proceeded to market a cool culture that he was a part of to corporations so they could exploit kids with heart, exploit our skate culture, in turn he could make some dough. the definition of a sellout. ... Read more

9. Skateboarder's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Skateboarding (Start-Up Sports series)
by Doug Werner, Steve Badillo
Paperback: 192 Pages (2009-10-01)
list price: US$13.95 -- used & new: US$7.83
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Asin: 1884654347
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Providing updated and revised chapters on safety, equipment, and basic skills, this instructional guide discusses the fundamentals of skateboarding. Presented in a helpful question and answer format, beginners will find information on buying a first board, where to plant one’s feet, how to stay safe while learning new stunts, and the history of this exciting sport. From ollies to kickturns, detailed techniques are presented on the 15 tricks every skater should know. Honest and humorous interviews with skating professionals are included, along with an invaluable list of resources—including books, camps, museums, skate parks, shops, websites, and magazines. With more than 500 new images, step-by-step instructions and photographs illustrate the foolproof methods to turn skateboarding novices into experts.

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2-0 out of 5 stars too early
Bought as a gift for a beginner-has not received much attention with all the snow on the ground.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not So Much
I bought this book a while back, and it is O.K...but thats where it stops.

There is nothing at all like watching in real life--or hey, why not TV how to start-up ur own tricks?

Much better, and much more worth it--Check out this movie Skateboarding Explained!

Its Wayyy more helpful and like i said--Much more worth it.

You can check it out on Amazon or on MySpace..Hey give it a try?

What you got to lose? haha, go Back to this book I guess if it doesnt help...but im telling you now--Skateboarding Explained is MUCH MUCH better!!

Keep Skatin!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
The book is a great book if you have never skateboarded before or if you want to learn about it. It spends a lot of time on what it is and what it is about. The book tells about the parts and pieces of a typical skateboard.... And it also tells how to ride a skateboard, but you don't really need the book... just get on a board and ride how you feel comfortable. The book also tells about the history of skateboarding as you go along in the book. And for the trick tips section....it just has the basic stufflike an ollie and kickturns. Nothing big, just the basics are in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Skateboarder's start-up
Skateboardersstart up
by Doug Werner with SteveBadillo
All people who like to skate board this book is for you.It tells you about the laws and the safety of skateboarding.
Some of the exciting parts are the parts were they show you how to do the tricks and it tells you how to do kickfilp and other cool tricks . And they show you how to plant your feet on the board
The people who like this book like to skateboard and people who want to learn it

1-0 out of 5 stars here is a good idea
all this book can tell u for tricks is where to put your feet and you're never gonna magically get good by reading. ... Read more

10. Tony Hawk: Skateboarding Legend (Edge Books Skateboarding)
by Savage, Jeff
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-01-01)
list price: US$7.50 -- used & new: US$3.91
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Asin: 0736861807
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A biography describing the life of Tony Hawk, which includes his early years, awards, and family life. ... Read more

11. Skateboarding: How It Works (The Science of Sports) (Sports Illustrated Kids: the Science of Sports)
by Emily Sohn
Paperback: 48 Pages (2010-04-01)
list price: US$7.95 -- used & new: US$4.95
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Asin: 1429648775
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From the laws of physics on a skateboard to the effects of weather on a ball, this title explores the science behind the skills in sport. It features the images that show sports stars in action. It explains the mechanics of successful techniques in words and examples. ... Read more

12. Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks
by Steve Badillo, Doug Werner
Paperback: 192 Pages (2008-06-01)
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Asin: 1884654304
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A comprehensive guidebook that details dozens of spectacular skateboarding stunts, this resource combines invaluable technical information with insightful historical perspectives. Each trick is captured in action sequence and captioned so that aspiring riders can learn how each trick is performed. A history of the tricks, featuring their legendary inventors, is also included. This blend of background and how-to ensures that riders not only learn the tricks but also gain respect for the legends that made skateboarding the worldwide passion it is today.

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13. Skater Girl: A Girl's Guide to Skateboarding
by Patty Segovia, Rebecca Heller
Paperback: 144 Pages (2006-12-15)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$7.66
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Asin: 1569755426
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Extreme sports are exploding in popularity and right smack in the middle of all those adrenaline junkies are a bunch of fearless girls flying down the slopes, riding the waves and, now, busting ollies over curbs. The Girl's Guide to Skateboarding reveals the ins and outs of skateboarding to young women who know that sporting a little harmless road rash is one off-the-hook lifestyle statement.

From lingo and board facts to fashion advice and flatout "The Top 10 Reasons Why Skateboarding Rocks," this book gives girls the lowdown on all the need-to-know stuff.

Then the authors get serious with the riding. Step-by-step photos show new girls all the basics, including getting on the board, proper riding form, simple turns and safe stops. As readers advance, the authors teach tricks like ollies, grinds and flips as well as advanced techniques for riding at a skate park on big ramps, hot wheels loops, full pipes, quarter pipes, boxes, and a rail. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For big girls too
Hands down, this is a great book.
I'll definitely be giving this book as a present.

But I have to admit, I didn't expect it.

"Introduction to ___" - type books have the propensity to make me feel like a three year old, or to go over my head.
But Segovia does neither. She doesn't pander, nor does she try to woo the reader with an overload of tech-y terms.

Instead she speaks directly, simply, honestly, and perhaps most importantly, she speaks with true knowledge and love of the sport.

Skillfully blending straightforward instructions with really cool facts about the history of skateboarding (which she is a part of !! hall of fame!! ), this book made me want to go find that skateboard that's been in the closet.

I recommend this book to any age group, any experience, any background in skating-- anyone with an interest in learning about skating, learning to skate, or even just for the pictures!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for gal sk8ers!
We bought this book for our daughter who has recently developed an interest in skating. We are very pleased with this book for a few reasons...

1) All the pictures of the girls in this book are tasteful, meaning they're not dressed in attire that may, by some, be considered inappropriate and the opposite of modest. That was the major reason we gave it to her- kids are more impressionable these days.

2) This book broke-down a lot of preconceived ideas she had about skating. She has an older brother who is also into skateboarding and although her interest was strong, so were her inhibitions to skate around boys. That is all but gone now, and we believe this book helped to give her the courage to skate in front of her brother or his friends.

3) It is a teaching book! It actually has helped our daughter with those 'tricks' the kids are always trying to do. She hasn't put it down since we gave it to her (in fact, I believe she has it right now!). As soon as she's read a section about a new trick, she jumps on her board to goes to try-out what she's just read.

If you have a girl-skatboarder in your family, then buy this book. It'sbeen a blessing for our daughter and I'm sure it will be for yours too!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love skating and this book was really great -- I want to give it to one of my friends for her birthday.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for 'skatergirls'!
My 10 year old daughter loves this book and says she's learned how to do tricks from it.It has cool pictures and even stuff about encountering boys at the skate park.Get this for your 'skatergirl'!

5-0 out of 5 stars Skater girls rock!!!
This is the first book on the market just for girl skateboarders. This is awesome! It shows girls how to enjoy skateboarding without being scarred. This book will take you through all the steps from the beginning to the end so you can be stoked on skateboarding. Enjoy it while you can! Peace out... ... Read more

14. The Skateboarding Field Manual
by Ryan Stutt
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-02-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$3.86
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Asin: 1554073626
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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An illustrated guide to skateboarding skills and techniques.

Skateboarding is more than a sport; it is a passion and way of life driven by those who love to push the limits of gravity and inertia while bending the notions of social acceptability. The Skateboarding Field Manual addresses both the intricacies of the sport and the intangibles of its culture. Skateboard enthusiast and journalist Ryan Stutt provides outstanding advice, which ranges from how to stand on your board and how to fall without causing injuries to how to perform grinds, slides and flips.

This comprehensive reference is simply the very best manual on the sport of skateboarding. There are 33 maneuvers and tricks for beginners to intermediates, all illustrated with over 350 custom color photographs by skateboarding photographer Harry Gils.

Other features include:

  • A 12-page primer on skate culture, including history, deck art, skateboarding in the media and the importance of homemade skate videos and photos.
  • A beginner's guide to parts, safety equipment and skatepark etiquette.
  • Instructions on the basic techniques of pushing, turning, dropping-in, ollies and nollies.
  • Advice on flips, grinds and slides for rails, ramps and ledges, including the varial flip, the nose grind and the board slide.
  • The Skateboarding Field Manual is the essential guide for anyone looking to master the art of skateboarding and to understand its unique culture

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginner
    I bought this book for my son and he really love it. My son told me that this book is very good because it explain single basic trick for beginner to know

    I recommed this book to you all beginner ... Read more

    15. Blabac Photo: The Art of Skateboarding Photography
    Hardcover: 224 Pages (2009-07-14)
    list price: US$49.95 -- used & new: US$24.95
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    Asin: 1576875156
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    "It's rad what I do."
    --Mike Blabac

    Blabac Photo: The Art of Skateboarding Photography is a stunning chronicle of a youth movement as seen through the lens of Mike Blabac, a man who is as dedicated to his craft as he is to the skateboarding lifestyle that inspired it. For millions of people around the world, skateboarding is more than a mere hobby or a sport--it's a way of life that has shaped everything from fashion and music, to video games and art. Blabac Photo proves that point with 300 awe-inspiring images that communicate the stories and exploits of some of the most creative athletes to ever step on a skateboard including Eric Koston, Stevie Williams, Colin McKay, Rob Dyrdek, and Danny Way. As skateboarding evolved over time, from a hobby for kids on the Venice boardwalk into a global culture, skate legends were born, records were broken, titans of industry materialized--and Mike Blabac was there to document the history of the movement as it developed before his eyes.

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    16. Skateboarding: Ramp Tricks
    by Evan Goodfellow
    Paperback: 192 Pages (2006-06-28)
    list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$1.45
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    Ramp tricks—skate moves made on, over, or around wood ramps, cement bowls, and half-pipes—are a key, albeit challenging, component of skateboarding. Hundreds of captioned, sequential photographs demonstrate precisely how these exacting moves are safely made in this indispensable guide to 40 ramp tricks. Beginning with basic moves, including stalls, grinds, and slides, skaters gradually learn the particular positioning and balance needed to perform more advanced tricks such as flips and airs. A brief history of ramp skateboarding examines the birth of the genre as well as champions of the sport, including the pioneering Dogtown Crew and current stars Bob Burnquist and Tony Hawk.
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    17. Skateboarding is Not a Crime: 50 Years of Street Culture
    by James Davis
    Paperback: 112 Pages (2004-10-02)
    list price: US$19.95
    Isbn: 1554070015
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    An illustrated tour of a unique subculture.

    Skateboarding first emerged in the United States in the 1950s and has been gaining in popularity ever since. The number of skateboarders worldwide is now estimated at eighteen million.

    - One in ten U.S. teenagers currently owns or rides a skateboard- Skateboarding has recently seen the biggest growth of any sport- More than 600 skateparks were built in 2001- Skateboarding has become the sixth largest participation sport.

    Skateboarding is Not a Crime is a celebration of the success of both the sport and the subculture. Illustrated with dramatic action photography and written in a lively style, the book recounts the history of the sport and explains its unique codes and customs. Also included are valuable 'boarding instructions for enthusiasts.

    This book is organized as follows:- Introduction- History and Development- Global Skate Village- Skateboarding Culture- Skateboarding Media- Standing on a Board- Tricks and Techniques.

    Skateboarding is a sport with a philosophy and a culture very much its own. Skateboarding is Not a Crime reflects this very individual 'boarding culture and is designed to appeal to skateboarders as well as those who want to understand their world. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A lotta heart
    gotta give this guy credit - he tried and did a prety good job, better than most out there. ... Read more

    18. Skateboarding History: From the Backyard to the Big Time
    by Martin, Michael
    Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-01-01)
    list price: US$7.50 -- used & new: US$4.14
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    Asin: 0736861777
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    Describes the history of skateboarding, discussing the major events and people of the sport. ... Read more

    19. Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body
    by Iain Borden
    Paperback: 320 Pages (2001-05)
    list price: US$37.95 -- used & new: US$26.10
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    Asin: 1859734936
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    Skateboarders are an increasingly common feature of the urban environment-recent estimates total 40 million world-wide. We are all aware of their often extraordinary talent and manoeuvres on the city streets. This book is the first detailed study of the urban phenomenon of skateboarding. It looks at skateboarding history from the surf-beaches of California in the 1950s, through the purpose-built skateparks of the 1970s, to the street-skating of the present day and shows how skateboarders experience and understand the city through their sport. Dismissive of authority and convention, skateboarders suggest that the city is not just a place for working and shopping but a true pleasure-ground, a place where the human body, emotions and energy can be expressed to the full.

    The huge skateboarding subculture that revolves around graphically-designed clothes and boards, music, slang and moves provides a rich resource for exploring issues of gender, race, class, sexuality and the family. As the author demonstrates, street-style skateboarding, especially characteristic of recent decades, conducts a performative critique of architecture, the city and capitalism. Anyone interested in the history and sociology of sport, urban geography or architecture will find this book riveting. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Production of Space
    This book is an informative look into Ian Bordens extensive research into the history and culture of skateboarding, which illustrates alternative issues of architecture and production of space.

    The beginning chapters are heavy reading and heavily referenced, but worth the time and effort.The later chapters go into an in depth and detailed look at skateboarding development and cultural issues.

    He challenges readers to change their perception of architecture and spaces, and to look at how our own actions affect the space we occupy, by looking at skateboarding and its culture.He references Lefebvre who said, "Surely it is the supreme illusion to defer to architects, urbanists or planners as being experts or ultimate authorities in matters relation to space."He then goes on to talk about how the interaction addresses the physical architecture, yet responds with a dynamic presence not another physical object.Skateboarding produces space, but also time and the self.This book addresses how, architecture as a set of flows, as a set of experience and reproductions, can be embedded in the practices of architectural history - for as architecture is not itself a space, but only a way of looking at space.The rest of the book is a thoroughly researched look at skateboarding.

    Its worthwhile noting that his is not a skateboarding magazine and is written in the academic tongue so is not easy to read.But worthwhile reading if you are interested in this field.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Appropriate This! Urban Space
    Unmistakably and in so many ways, Iain Borden thinks that skateboarding is RAD!This sentiment comes through in nearly every one of his 267 pages on the subject, a sort of tribute to the urban arts of skateboarding.This is scholarship as panegyric ... but don't get me wrong, I'm largely with Borden in his readings and estimation of the radical nature and content and potential of skateboarding: it's RAD!

    In this monograph, Borden's archive is largely skateboarding magazines.He talks some about zines and almost none about films, and the way he reads mags is simply (and a bit disappointingly) to quote from the alphabetic portions of those texts.This is not to say that this book is not replete with images, because it is -- photos, magazine pages, more photos, including even one of Borden in a pool at a skate park! love that moment in the text -- it's just that Borden is not a discourse analyst, so he doesn't break down and close read in the ways I might have wanted him too.But dude, he sure is an architectural theorist, and so what this book is is Borden dumping piles and piles of Lefebvre onto skateboarding in order to redefine architecture and make sophisticated sense of what might otherwise be considered a "mere" hobby.

    That's right: Borden more or less erects a massive half pipe of Lefebvre's work on space and the city, rhythmanalysis, bodies, and the modern city, and then skates skateboarding and the spaces/landscapes that skateboarding takes place and shape in and around in RIGHT THROUGH that theoretical halfpipe.It makes for a yummy ride, if a bit of a repetetive one -- back and forth we go for all of those 267 pages largely riding on the simulacral wave that is the half pipe made out of Lefebvre.But since I dig Lefebvre, I was into the book.

    Okay, but this is what Borden SAYS in this book, and what he claims, and what he ardently works to prove.He's mainly trying to say (aside from the statement that "Skateboarding is RAD!" which comes through on every page of this book, even though it is never expressly said) is that

    *** get this *** Architecture is not buildings, and objects in our cities and lives are not texts, but that architecture is a sort of result of interactions of bodies in space.So the skater in the halfpipe makes something in excess of the pipe when he (and it usually is a he, Borden concedes; hot skater dudes populate this text while skate-grrls are few) goes for an arial, or does something unexpected with his body-board continuum.Skateboarding is just one way, and a very specific one, that space in the city is made and remade and created out of interactions of the skating kind.

    Okay, so that seems to be his main idea, as I repeat it with flaws of all kinds, no doubt.He begins with chapters on wheels and boards, then moves to the skateparks (less interesting) and the urban appropriation of space/architecture by rampaging skater dudes (more interesting).This is where skating is radical, unlawful, wild ... RAD!Borden does a few other funny things: like saying skating is the parole to the lange of the boring everyday, or something like that.He's all theory-crazed, looking for any way he possibly can to see skateboarding as RAD!And he does.And it works.

    I guess the main limitation of this book for me, and there were few, is the lack of critique.Borden doesn't see skateboarding as being nearly as commodified and caught up on "what's cool" and even a sort of coopted critique and radicalism as I see it to be.I think it's RAD, I guess, but in ways I wished he would have explored the commodification of it more, the rage and anger and ways that skating is perhaps misplaced and thus safe aggression and critique.I wanted it to be read not so much as RAD, but as a patterning with more facets, at least a few of them LAME.Without, it becomes some kind of cure-all activity, beyond human.

    1-0 out of 5 stars a major disapointment
    Yes, I said it, and I stand behind it. I really had my hopes up for this one. There is so much that can be done, the title alone suggests creativity utilizing the imagination. Does it deliver? No. The book, wich I expected to be full of photography and articles showing how skateboarders use the surrounding architecture for creativity, is really just a sad piece that goes on to tell the history of skateboarding, with very little interesting photography at all. The written content itself is hard to keep your interest, even for a long time skateboarder as myself. Dont get me wrong, I am all for the history of skateboarding, hell, I lived most of it. But that should be and has been put in books and editorials that were labled as such. This was, as I said, a disapointment.I can only hope that someone will see this and spark the idea to do it right, unless I do it first that is. ... Read more

    20. Skateboarding 3d (English and German Edition)
    by Sebastian Denz
    Hardcover: 120 Pages (2009-10-09)
    list price: US$65.00 -- used & new: US$41.19
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    For about three years Sebastian Denz has been travelling through Europe to shoot a series of 3D photographs in a quality never seen before. Featuring the Carhartt skate team and inspired by virtual spaces, this oversized volume brings the culture of skateboarding to life, while exploring the possibilities of 3D photography. Denz built his own 8 x 10 inch large-format-stereo camera to take these spatial pictures, and received the International BFF, Germany's freelance photographers' award for the project. The book SKATEBOARDING.3D won several awards including the DDC award “gold medal” and the iF communication design award “gold”. It is nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany—the country's highest distinction in the field of design. Four pairs of special glasses and a slipcase are part of this remarkable book, which is a companion volume to a traveling exhibition of Denz's work. Texts by Martin Roman Deppner, Klaus Honnef, Gottfried Jäger and Sebastian Denz. ... Read more

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