a skateboarder mid air, while people watch alongside a railing

How California skateboarding revolutionized global culture

This new Olympic sport went from fringe hobby to a worldwide influence on cityscapes and fashion.

A crowd gathers at Venice Beach Skate Park to watch the feats of skateboarders such as Sean Davis (airborne, right). The 22-year-old moved from Illinois to California last year to pursue dreams of being a pro skater in the sport’s epicenter.

This story appears in the June 2020 issue of National Geographic magazine.
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