California Free Former was the world’s largest skateboard manufacturer during the 1970s. From 1970 to 1981, it was owned by Steve Silberman with a business partner. They also held several licenses from Walt Disney, manufacturing roller skates and consumer products.
California Free Former also used to sponsor skateboarding competitions, including the California Free Former World Skateboard Championships, held at the Long Beach Sports Arena. Original and reenacted footage from the Free Former World Skateboard Championships was prominently featured in the feature film “Lords of Dogtown.”
The California Free Former World Professional Skateboard Championships were held at the Long Beach Arena in California. In The first competition in the summer of 1976 was the largest skateboard competition ever held up until that time. It’s significant cash prizes changed skateboarding history and created a professional tier in the sport…. read more >