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    HoverBoards Take The World By Storm

    HoverBoards Take The World By Storm

    The History of HoverBoards

    First appearing on our screens in the 1980s, the hoverboard has been the dream of kids everywhere. It's magical ability to seamlessly take you from one place to another, completely unhindered by the surface over which you travel. Seeing Marty McFly hover over a pond on a childs converted scooter sparked something in everyone, people started to consider it as possible. It's only right that in 2015 we have come a step closer, as it is the year in the future Marty and the Professor visit.

    In 2015 (for real), hoverboards do actually exist! Don't get too excited, however... There does need to be a fair amount of things in place for it to 'hover', as such. Lexus famously made a hoverboard for their advert, as part of an ad series to do with technology. Their board needed a metal track to run above and a good serving of liquid nitrogen every now and then, it's not quite as practical as Marty's just yet. The other hoverboard being worked on (which actually hovers above the ground, anyway) is a bit better, needing only a metal skatepark to run above. Unfortunately, there is no way to control the direction of travel on this board, but it's a step in the right direction.

    The hoverboards I am referring to is the 2 wheeled, self balancing kind. They were first seen in action at the Canton Fair in China, a popular technology fair which has lots of new and cool gadgets being shown off by their producers / inventors. Granted, it got a lot of attention, but clearly no-one quite knew what it was going to become. In the early months of 2015, they hit the Western world and exploded to fame with a few clever product placements. Justin Bieber and Chris Brown were seen with the boards, and the rest is history! IO HAWK, one of the original importers of the hoverboard, had sent a board or 2 to Justin and his clan completely free of charge, which has since paid itself off quite nicely.

    Justin Bieber had one, so everyone else had to as well. Naturally, the viral nature of the Segway Board caused the popularity of it to skyrocket. It was on everyone who was anyone's snapchat story and Instagram page. If you didn't have a hoverboard, you were lagging behind, which of course meant good things for the importers of the high in demand, short in supply people transporters. It was easy work for them, getting them in the country was the hardest task they faced.

    As it was such easy work for such a great gain, hoverboard sales websites and pages sprung up everywhere. You could fill a dictionary with the names people were giving them - Scoot Boards, SwayBoards, BalanceFoots and most commonly, hoverboards, despite the clear fact that the wheels of them are firmly planted to the ground. The reason the name hoverboard became it's given name is due to the feeling a user gets when riding it, a 'hovering' sensation.

    Advantages of Electric Scooters

    Advantages of Electric Scooters

    Electric scooters are special kind of scooters that are powered by electricity instead of gasoline. As a result of rising fuel prices, electric scooters are becoming more and more popular and a study done by Pike Research even concluded that they are projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 9.4% by 2016. If you are unsure of whether an electronic scooters are right for you, here are some of its advantages that can help you make up your mind.

    Perhaps the primary reason why anyone would want to buy electronic scooters is that it is cheaper to run them than the conventional gasoline-powered scooters. The electricity that you will consume for charging electronic scooters is only 25% of the cost of gasoline power.

    Additionally, electricity costs are more predictable than gasoline which can go up and down depending on the market situation.

    Since electric scooters do not require gasoline, it does not release any gasses at all unlike gasoline-powered ones.

    In other words, electronic scooters are environmentally friendly as they do not contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases which are believed to be the major cause of global warming. Although the power grid that it needs to charge energy is a pollutant, it still is not as severe compared to those that are due to gasoline scooters.

    On electric scooters, you do not have to set off to a gasoline station ever again when you run out of energy. You only need to recharge on your own house. One more alternative would be charging stations that provide higher voltages for swift charging. There are also exchange stations that allow you to trade a discharged battery for a charged one so waiting is not necessary anymore.

    In addition, a lot of governments from around the world are giving motivations for driving environmentally-friendly electric vehicles. Some countries offer exemptions for carbon tax, vehicle registration tax, and road tax, allowing you to save more money.

    While some critics point out the limitations of battery of electric scooters, the technology is still continuing to improve, making this type of scooter more recommended than its gasoline powered counterpart.

    Skateboarding: It's A New Generation

    Skateboarding: It's A New Generation

    Skateboarding and the birth of the skateboard have been around since the 1920's: where it all began. Skateboarding was slow to begin; but, when it did, it spread like wild flowers. Throughout the time span of 1920's to 2012 the skateboarding industry and has made comebacks. Each time the industry came back, it became more extreme. Now it's time for the new generation to come in.

    The first known skateboard was in the 1920's. Between the 1920's and 1930's created was a three wheeled metal device. By the 1940's, the first four wheeled aluminum skateboard were made. In the 1950's skaters were putting the wheels and trucks onto a plank of wood: homemade. In the 1960's was the introduction of the first manufactured skateboard. Southern California's surf shop; Val Surf, began making its own complete skateboards: the first known retail shop to sell skateboards. Kids began referring to skating as "sidewalk surfing." The sidewalk surfing influenced everything from maneuvers and style to fashion and attitude. The era really kicked off. Skateboarding becomes wide spread and very popular: companies struggle to keep up with the demand. Skateboarding magazines were popping up such as: Surf magazine and SKATEBOARDER magazine. During the 60's the first known organized contest, sponsored by Makaha, was held in Hermosa, California. The first pro model skateboard ever produced (Makaha) was the fibreflex: first laminated board created for skaters. During this time Anaheim, California had the first skateboard shoe factory and the first known Skate Park. There was also a craze in Montreal, Quebec. Even though skateboarding was very popular all over, many people did not like it and was trying to ban it.

    When the 1970's hit, skateboarding had exploded. The first urethane wheels were made exclusively for skateboarding: Cadillac Wheels, by Frank Nasworthy. Two years later, Road Rider skateboard wheels came out with their first skateboarding wheels that used precision bearings; and that was the end of the Cadillac Wheels. The first skateboard trucks we made specifically for skateboarding: Bennett Trucks, by Ron Bennett. Many more skateboard hardware was created: Gull Wing Trucks, Stoker Trucks (for downhill skating), and Tunnel Products. The first safety gear was designed, special for skateboarders. There were also a few skateboard companies that rose: Sims Skateboards and Dogtown Skates. Skateboard teams began to form: Zephyr Skateboard Team - Santa Monica, California, and Associations associated with skateboarding began to form as well: U.S. Skateboard Association (USSA), and World Skateboard Association (WSA). The formation of teams and associations had the idea it would bring skaters together, and they were right. During the 1980's a few more skateboarding magazines had developed: Thrasher and Trans-World Skateboarding. Even the industry of clothing for skateboarders had emerged: Vision Street Wear. Skateboard tricks had become highly technical and more difficult making it harder for the beginner to do.

    At the beginning of 1990; the complete skateboard industry was deeply affected by a world-wide recession. Skaters had rediscovered their roots in street skating and the companies began to re-evaluate the industry. By mid-90's, skateboarding had re-emerged. This sport began to gain a great deal of exposure at the "Extreme Games" and now known as the X-Games. The old school skaters re-surfaced and skateboarding remains a street-orientated style. 2000 had a lot of impact of media coverage. It has moved for an underground sport to a more mainstream spectator sport. By the year 2004, there has been more than 2000 skate parks built. 2010 had World Speed Records for downhill boarding clocked at speeds up to almost 81 mph compared to the speed of 6.6 mph in the 1920's. 2011 in Southern California, were skateboarding was born, had banned downhill boarding because of this, it put skateboarding in jeopardy in that area. This sport has not made it into the Olympics as of yet, maybe it will make it in 2016.

    The new generations of skateboarders are coming in and times are changing. Skateboarding is still a very strong sport and will only continue to rise. History has shown the ups and downs. Every-time it comes back it is stronger. So, let's welcome the new generation to this awesome sport. Cheers!