A boy jumps with his skateboard during a sunny day on March 17, 2012 as unusually warm temperatures hit Prague. MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images
Mid-day Update

Celebrating Larry Stevenson, skateboard innovator

Stacey Vanek Smith and Jeremy Hobson Mar 27, 2012
A boy jumps with his skateboard during a sunny day on March 17, 2012 as unusually warm temperatures hit Prague. MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images

You might not know his name, but you’ve certainly seen his product. Sad news this morning that Larry Stevenson, the man who first mass produced skateboards, has passed away.

But where is the industry today, thanks to the developments of Stevenson?

Here to talk to use about the state of skateboarding in today’s Mid-day Extra is Michael Brooke, publisher of Concrete Wave magazine.

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