Typically I would not post something like this but I just could not help myself. If you personally know me or read the blog regularly you probably know that I not only grew up in the Southern California but also posses a lot of SoCal pride. I was not a huge skateboarderÂ but my sister and I could be found on a board often enough. Our garage housed discarded boards from my familie’s childhood. Some with clay wheels and my mom’s G&S was still being ridden by my sister until a few years ago when it broke. Anyways, for the past couple of years my sister and I have been sending each other our picks for what board we would like to cruise around on in the summer time and I think I just found the ultimate pick. This morning A Time To Get posted some boards designed by Kevin Skibba. Just look at how fucking awesome these are!Â I love that the designs reference Big Daddy Roth and sport Cadillac Wheels. Thalia Surf Shop is selling the boards and has an interview with Kevin.
via Thalia Surf Shop:
Can you describe the process that goes into making a board?
The boards have to ride as good as they look. That being said, it usually starts with a shape that I think might work. Iâ€™ll make a template, then a prototype and see how it rides. If it lags Iâ€™ll scrap it, if it works then it goes in the lineup. The actual procedure is pretty standard to any other skateboard manufacturer except itâ€™s just me making them. I do get a little creative with the paint and finish. The Gremmie image is made of rice paper and some of the grip on the deck is actually sugar I add in the clear coat, so thereâ€™s still a lot of surf influence to the overall finished product.
What inspires you to go about it that way? In fact, what inspired you in the first place to make Gremmie a real thing?
I think the inspiration comes from years of loving and being around the Southern California surf scene and a strong skateboarding background. I think the actual inspiration to build the boards came a couple of years ago. I spent a couple months working on a boat in Hawaii. Nobody that worked on the boat had cars, everyone got around on a bike or a skate. The kids always gravitated to the longer cruiser boards. To me, they just didnâ€™t work well in crowded sidewalk situations. I wanted to turn hard and quick, just go around people like slalom cones and I couldnâ€™t do that on the cruiser boards. The response was slow and the boards to me were cumbersome. Donâ€™t get me wrong, they have their place, they just didnâ€™t work for the style of skating I was after. In the end, the inspiration came from being around a lot more shapers than skateboard builders, so when I first started constructing them they were critiqued pretty hard by some pretty heavy shapers.