Cover image for The concrete wave : the history of skateboarding
The concrete wave : the history of skateboarding
Brooke, Michael.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto : Warwick Publishing ; Willowdale, Ont. : distributed by Firefly Books, Ltd., [1999]

Physical Description:
197 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Subject Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV859.8 .B76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

On Order



Designed for a dedicated readership of skateboarding fans and aficionados, The Concrete Wave provides: A spectacular history of skateboarding (1960-2000); Hundreds of fabulous photographs - from the archival to the awesome ; An interview with world champion Tony Hawk, and much more...; All presented in a format both radical and readable and designed to appeal to everyone who loves their skateboard

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Forty years after its birth on the streets and in the empty swimming pools of California, skateboarding has become a legitimate sport. Legend Tony Hawk has graced a "Got Milk?" ad, and skate parks are popping up in landlocked middle America. Although Brooke, a "skategeezer" and member of Toronto's Metro Longboarders, wrote this for skateboarding's retired, active, and future practitioners, any sports fan will enjoy this colorful crash course. After a brief prehistory, readers ride four "waves"Äa nod to surfingÄfrom 1959 to the present. Within each, Brooke features skateboarding's inventors, investors, stars, companies, media, and technological advances in a magazine-like layout. Best of all are the smart-ass anecdotes (e.g., Bob Schmidt's "The Day They Invented Skateboarding") by skateboarders, which originally appeared on Brooke's Skategeezer home page. A four-part appendix lists skate pros, movies, competitions, and parks. A high-speed treat, even for the gravitationally challenged. Highly recommended, duuude.ÄHeather McCormack, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.