We are going to try to tell you a little about what is the old snakeboard now called streetboard.
It is an articulated skate that consists of two mobile parts, which go under the feet, and can rotate up to 290º (depending on the type of kingpin and bar used), joined by a board or a bar.
To move with it, you have to move your feet in and out, and at the same time move your shoulders in the same direction, keeping your trunk and waist straight. This movement produces a kinetics that allows sliding up to 35 km/h on a flat surface. This movement is reminiscent of a snake over the desert, hence its name.
* In the year 2000 the WSA (World Streetboard Association) changed the name of the sport because Snakeboard is a registered trademark that belonged to the monopoly of the initial manufacturer. The new name also came with the appearance of the Dimension Boards AS1 tables that made the sport evolve in a dizzying way.
Streetboarding or Snakeboarding is the sport that is practiced with a Streetboard on sports facilities specially designed for it. The set of these facilities is called Skatepark. It can also be practiced in the street, in places where by chance the urban furniture looks like modules in a Skatepark. Depending on the modality, it is also practiced in the race.
It was invented in 1988 by James Fisher, Oliver Macleod-Smith and Simon Macleod King in Johannesburg, South Africa they both grew up there and went to university together. At the age of 19, seeking to simulate the sensation of sports such as Surfing, Snowboarding, Skiing, Skateboarding, Longboarding, etc. They built many prototypes that broke after the first few tries.
The first prototype was built with a plastic tube for the bar, pieces of a table tennis board for the plates and parts of old skates for the axles and wheels.
It is practiced in the street (see Real Street) or in an enclosure with facilities designed for this purpose: funbox, launch ramps, quarterpipes, wallrides or any type except mini ramp and half pipe. World competition modality.
It is practiced in a double U-shaped installation with a curve that does not reach 90º at its upper vertex. It is not usually taller than 2 meters in height. World competition modality.
It is practiced in a U-shaped installation with a curve that reaches 90º at its upper vertex between 10 cm and 100 cm from the wall, it usually has 3 or more meters high. World competition modality.
In any type of installation, it is about doing the best trick, either due to technical difficulty or technical difficulty and risk (the latter being more valued). World competition modality.
It is normally practiced on a mountain pass and it is about reaching the foot of the mountain first.
It is practiced in a circuit with obstacles, curved slopes and jumps.
Circuit of cones, it is about arriving first without moving any.
In 1993 the Streetboard arrived in Spain at Reacció Sports at the hands of Enric Meier and it began to be marketed from Barcelona to all of Spain and the peninsula.
In 1995 the first team made up of Spanish riders was created and the first regional championships and shows began.
From 1997 to 2000 streetboarding declined because the two most important brands: Snakeboard USA, and then Anderson Boards went bankrupt.
From the year 2000 Sergi Nicolas was in charge of its distribution. In October 2002 together with Gabi Muñoz and Yago Ferrer they founded ONLYSTREET: the first Streetboard school. This news went around the world and greatly encouraged the community.