Ordered New Deck: Hecs Decks


Sometimes the stars align and you have to seize the day (to mix as many metaphors as I can) – I contacted a few makers over the last few days looking for a new deck with a single or double kicktail, including the small UK maker (are we supposed to call small makers “boutique makers”?) Hecs Decks, who shared that they have just started making an evolution of their short cruiser; yet to be named, but with a kicktail. So, hey, seize the day and ordered one with a gloss Bubinga finish. 🙂

hecs decks hector

Details from the very helpful Hector (hey, just got it: Hec’tor):

  • 835mm length (33″) with a wheelbase of 505mm.
  • Big round tail with a mellow angle.
  • Mellow concave which curves towards a peak just forward from the centre of the board.
  • 12 ply with thin layers (“so that it’s stiffer”)

Photos of his stunning walnut first cut (and what convinced me).

Have a spare set of Paris 180cm V2s and some 4President wheels to try on it when it arrives, but may drop down to some slightly narrower trucks. Will see what it is like before deciding on what to do with the face/top; which is probably just leave it and only ride it easy and dry, like the Hackbrett, although I do have some ideas on fancy grip patterns after gripping the Kaliber.

So that’s a Zenit AB, a Jungle Board pintail and now a Hecs Decks all to come and join the growing family collection… wupps 🙂


Jungle Boards on Crowdfunder

Jungle Boards
Jungle Boards

Jungle Boards are now Crowdfunding their lovely decks.


I really like the wood design and style of their boards. Good luck to the small time maker with inspiration. I just need to decide between the cut-out or the pintail.

UPDATE:  Went for the classic Pintail and looking forward to that lovely herringbone deck.. Good luck Sam, great to see you do this.

Jungle Boards



To grip cover or not to grip…

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One of the main calls I have made with the Hackbrett deck is to leave it ungripped (not covered with grip tape), showing the beautiful grained wood.
I guess it is not really recommended for any longboard, especially if you are going to ride hard; however, this is an urban cruising vanity project and not downhill racing or trick shot dancing.
290x290.fit.MOB Longboard Griptape Roll
I do have the tape, my starting idea was to cover it…. but when it came to it, I could not hide away that lovely natural wood under black grip-tape.
I just better make sure my footwear is like glue and I have health insurance! Oh’ what we do for looks. 🙂
UPDATE: Have ordered some clear grip-tape and make a call if I use it or not – clear is never really “clear”, but it would allow the wood to come through, just not the polished look.

Wheels and trucks arrived – another lesson learned 

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My little vanity project is nearing completion with the Paris 180 trucks and Hawgs Mini Monster wheels arriving, from SkateDeluxe, for the gorgeous Hackbrett balance deck.
paris trucks
… and another lesson learned- remember to order the bolts to attach the truck to
the board! Arrghhh. My fault, for forgetting; great service as ever from SkateDeluxe to feel sorry for me and just send some. Thanks guys – great service.
Went with the translucent red Hawgs Mini Monsters purely for the looks, which is not really a sound reason, but they will be fine for my easy cruising on this board. This is a show board, for pavement skipping into Richmond and hanging out at the local cafes by the river – let’s be honest here 🙂
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Interestingly, I could not find a supplier in the U.K for the Mini Monsters, hence, got them from Germany, but the on-line service, cost and shipping were no different to other good UK suppliers.
Happily use again. My experience so far is that the Dutch and Germans markets, compared to the UK, seem to have a slightly broader range of parts and boards available to them. Lots of great stuff available from UK retailers, just less of the rarer and small-time made stuff, especially German and Austrian made decks.
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