Skateboard (USA) 1975

Published by James O'Mahoney in 1975 Skateboard was the first magazine of the second wave beating Skateboarder by a couple of months. Issue 1 is the first and last. The Handbook of Freestyle Skateboard Tricks came out first with Skateboard Handbook being published after Issue 1. The print run on Issue 1 was 20,000 and for the Handbook 50,000.

In an interview with Juice Magazine (Issue 57, 2004), when asked why he only published one issue, James O'Mahoney said: " Well I'd never done it before. I didn't realise you don't just do a magazine. Someone has to distribute it. There were only two distributors then and it was like the Mafia. They will distribute your magazine but you won't get any money. I found all this out after I went to press. I did the Handbook of Skateboard Tricks and just distributed it to all the skate shops. I didn't want to really play the game. It was expensive and I was going broke. I loved it and I kept doing it till Skateboarder came out again".

"The cover shot (Handbook) was my photo of Waldo Autry passed vert at the Mt. Baldy pipe. That shot has been the most published skateboard photo of the last century".

  • Issue 1

    National Championships
    The Funnel
    Bob Bane Interview
    Waxie in The Downhill
    Purchasing Your Skateboard
    Freestyle Technique
    The Toilet Bowl
    Skateboards in the Movies

  • Skateboard Handbook

    Skateboard Safety
    The Equipment
    Long Boarding
    Letting It Slide
    Freestyle Tricks
    Championship Skateboarding
    Skateboard Gallery
    Manufacturers section
    Guinness Records: Barrel and High Jump
    The Slalom Experience
    Bullet Speedboards
    Guinness Record: Speed Run On Signal Hill
    Bank Riding
    Flight From Ursa Major
    Surfing On Wheels
    Skater Kenny Means
    Everybody Into The Pool

  • Freestyle Handbook
    • Photo sequences of various Freestyle tricks featuring Russell Howell - except the Women's Free Exercises of course.

      Basics 1
      Basics 2
      Power Slides
      Duel Board Tricks
      Board Pick up
      Women's Free Exercises