Skateboarding: The Phoenix
Skateboarding was created from its attempted demise. The most interesting thing I found in my research was how this happened. Skateboarding had always struggled for popularity during its early years due to the accessibility of skate parks. Then with better technology, and better made skate equipment combined with the birth of the ollie, street skating started. This was the transition from skating man made bowls and half pipes specifically for skating and were hard to find, to skating anything paved. As popularity of street skating escalated property owners and government officials soon began banning skateboarding an outlawing in many places. This prohibition of skateboarding weeded out all but the diehards and pushed the sport into a more rebellious underground culture and tying it with the punk movement. Many thought the days of skateboarding were coming to a close and the fad was over.
It did not die however. Instead it went through a short faze of lowered popularity but rose again out of its ashes to all the glory of today. Much else has happened since then changing and manipulating skate life, but the traces of the underground rebelliousness still flow through its veins. The attempted crush of popular skateboarding is what gave birth do the glorious sport we see today.