Student sidewalk surfers

Skateboarding on Duke University campus

From the Duke University archives, as found on Flickr under the headline Cowabunga! It’s not dated, but I’d place it around 1965.


  1. go blue devils!!!!!!!!

  2. What kind of wheels are those ? They don’t look steel, so clay ? Too early for Urethane. All the steel wheels I’ve seen are, I think, a bit thinner.

    • I was thinking the same thing, clay. I don’t know that I got the date right. Not sure when composite wheels hit the scene. Super small board size though.

  3. snurkin on December 6, 2013 - Reply

    What’s insane is I was about to send you this after seeing the recent archives post. Both my folks went to Duke, dad class of 66′ mom 68′. My dad claims this is my mom. My mom says she doesn’t remember but it looks just like her. He sent my brothers and me this photo about 5 years ago. Dunno where he found it.

  4. snurkin on December 6, 2013 - Reply

    Also…dad says ’66, FWIW

  5. snurkin on December 6, 2013 - Reply

    Oh fuck…I thought this was just posted today. Geezus.

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