Skateboarding, as we know it, was probably born sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, when surfurs in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat. No one knows who made the first board; it seems the several people came up with similar ideas at around the same time. The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shops, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime.
By the 1960s, a small number of surfing manufacturers in Southern California such as Jack's, Kip's, Hobie, Bing's and Makaha started building skateboards that resembled small small surfboards, and assembled teams to promote their products.
One of the earliest Skateboard exhibitions was sponsored by Makaha's founder, Larry Stevonson, in 1963 and held at the Pier Avenue Junior High School in Hermosa Beach, California. Some of these same teams of skateboarders were also featured on a television show called "Surf's Up" in 1964, hosted by Stan Richards, that helped promote skateboarding as something new and fun to do.