The first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime. The shop owner, Bill Richard, made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce sets of skate wheels, which they attached to square wooden boards. 🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺
Founded in 1905 by brothers Ralph, Walter, and Robert Ware—sons of successful Chicago trader E.C. Ware—the CRS Co. set out to meet all the needs of an increasingly skate-obsessed public. Their first attempt, a three-wheel, spring-action model, didn't really impress anybody and sunk in the proverbial swamp. But the 1906 Model A—with a steel footplate and ball bearings—met with considerably more approval.