Skateboard Hockey - Longboard Hockey - Longboarding Hockey is a Hockey game played on skateboards.
A rebelious Hockey game played in underground parking lots, tennis courts or covered areas. Competitors often play bodychecking, and wear no protective equipment. Blood and injuries are common from the bodychecking and by being hit with the Beer Can Hockey Puck. Helmets are manditory during tournament play.
There is a league that was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia called the Longboard Hockey League which played in many underground parking garages throughout the greater Vancouver area. Games are played very late at night, usually at 12 midnight. The championship trophy for this league is called the Chanley Cup.
Attack of Danger Bay is the largest skateboard / longboard Hockey tournament in the world. always held the 3rd weekend in May during the May long weekend in Madeira Park, Pender Harbour, British Columbia. The winning team recieves a large Keg of Beer from Cariboo Brewing and The Chanada Cup as champions. INFO http://www.coastlongboarding.com/
- A Sapporo Beer can is used as the puck
- Teams start at either end of playing area. The beer can is placed in the centre of the playing area. Both teams at the sound of the whistle / horn / yelling Push Off to the centre of the playing area to hit the beer can first.
- Body contact is allowed - Must be agreed upon before start of the game
- Both feet must be on the skateboard / longboard when shooting the beer can
- One foot must be on the skateboard / longboard when stick handling in the playing area
- 1 Push or Unlimited Push off the Line - Must be agreed upon before start of the game
- Penalty shots are allowed - 69% of players and spectators must be in agreement of penalty called
- Board Hooking occurs when a players board has been hooked at the wheels, and sent flying out of the playing area. The player must retrieve his board before he is allowed to join in the play of the game - Must be agreed upon before start of the game
Skateboard Hockey Patent by Inventor: Norman Garland
Skateboard and Longboard History
Hawaiian Birth : Skateboarding originated in Oahu, Hawaii. Surfers used skateboarding as a cross-trainer. When the waves were flat, they'd go skateboard. They would mock the moves of surfers by skimming their hand on the ground, carving fast, walking up and down the board and try to have as much flow as possible. Skateboarding wasn't even its original name. It was called Sidewalk Surfing.
It wasn't until 1959 when skateboarding hit the market place. Skateboards were sold everywhere, toy stores, convenient stores, etc. The first professional boards were made by a company called Makaha. And the first fiberglass boards were made by a company called Gordan and Smith, a.k.a. G&S. But, of course, these things were very dangerous at the time.
The completes, which was a plank of wood, trucks that came from rollerskates and the metal wheels that were on them. It took them a while to find out clay wheels were safer. And it took even longer to find out wheels made of urethane were not only safer, but smoother and grippier as well. Cadillac, a branch off of the skateboard company Bahne, was the first company to invent the urethane formula for skateboarding wheels.
Skateboarding died for a few years after being called unsafe. It wasn't until 1973, often known as the second wave, that skateboarding became popular again. The birth of the urethane wheels brought the sport back to life. Finally companies designed trucks that were manufactured for skateboarding, such as Independent, Tracker, Gullwing and Bennett. The disciplines of the sport also rose. There was now slalom, freestyle, downhill, etc. Another discipline that came out of it was pool skating.
Many skateboarders became famous. Skateboarders like Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Bruce Logan were put into many magazines and helped shape the sport. Because of the high numbers in the sport, Florida decided to make the first skatepark. It definitely sparked the fire. Soon after that, skateparks were being built all over the USA. In the late 70's, Alan Gelfand invented the "ollie" or no-hands aerial and moved skateboarding to the next level. Skateboarding would become more rebelious.
California Connection : The hills above the picturesque beach city of Santa Barbara, California, a smooth asphalt road winds gradually downward between the tall eucalyptus and oaks like a lazy stream meandering toward the sea. The ocean below, of course, is the Pacific, so named by Magellan for it's generally tranquil nature. In 1971, Tom Sims, a surfer and art/geology major at U.C. Santa Barbara who occasionally betrayed a slight Jersey accent, lived an easy, counterculture-type existence in those hills along that road and at the edge of that majestic body of water.
Often with surfboards in hand, Tom and friends would begin the descent from his treehouse residence, weaving rhythmically along the asphalt on long skateboards of recycled waterskis or solid wood planks hand shaped by Tom. At first, board technology and riding technique improved slowly, later spurred on with more fervor by the advent of the urethane wheel. To better simulate the surfing sensation, hardwood tailplates were attached, making tail-dragging bottom turns and cutbacks genuine weighting maneuvers rather than "sort of a balancing act." Walking the nose and impressive bottom turn spinners were a direct carry-overs from a the all-but-extinct brand of "longboard surfing." Spearing the hills at Montecito and running cones in a giant slalom setup brought to play Tom's snow skiing background as well. At the First Annual Santa BuenaVentura contest (a few miles to the South) in 1975, Tom took first in the hotdog competition and third in slalom, while fellow longboard enthusiast, Richard Vanderwyck managed seconds in both--and the greater skateboard community was introduced to the potentail dynamism and style of longboard skating.
The earliest known image of skateboard Hockey is of Chris Chaput - 1976 World Freestyle Champion playing ball Hockey on a Longboard.
The team game was a Vancouver Jaks Skate Team invention in the early 1980's, and they called it skateboard Hockey.