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. 🙂
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 🙂
Found Smile Longboards (based in Brighton), having missed them before when looking for UK based retailers.
Nice selection of rarer decks, including from DaSilva, Jati, Longboard Larry and Buddywood. Nice to see someone supplier more interesting decks.
121c and their carbon-fibre space decks. The new Afterburner board looks very nice and they are running a competition for designs right now.
Another small US company, Croozer Boards with their interesting drop boards and a coffin.
The Californian company Strght (yes spelled correctly) with their very colourful and distinctive etched decks and completes.
Some boards fromSurf Rodz
I am not sure if they are Slovakian or US, as I can find two different listings for them.
The other interesting intriguing thing is that they potential made, or had a hand in making, the stunning and lethal looking Proteak Olo 72.
The interesting South Africa deck maker Alpha Longboards with some stunning personal graphics.
Kent Lingeveldt in his Alpha Longboard studio / workshop, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Linden Boards who make longboards from vintage waterskis. Very cool.
So an interesting option for those wanting to add their own designs Shred Skate will ship blank wooden boards, with a massive collection including some nice looking walnut boards (not tried one, so can’t comment on the feel/flex etc). Their boards are relatively inexpensive, importantly for me below the import duty threshold for buying from the USA, so not that expensive to import (note: their shipping seems relatively expensive – and will contact them to see if there is a slower cheaper option).
Wood burning a design into the board, using a soldering iron type device (or even a soldering iron) or even carving a custom pattern in using a Dremel type device (or a Dremel) is relatively easy. Personally, for the look, I would probably burn in a personal pattern, rather than carve, but both are not that hard to do with a good template and a bit of patience.
Example: Hobbycraft wood burner
Wow. Simply WOW. Absolutely stunning woodwork from the California-based maker Loyal Dean. Simply beautiful.
UPDATE: I am not sure Loyal Dean are still trading, their website is no longer operating (just parked) and I can find no company connection. You can still buy some of their stock from Subshop24-7, but I am not sure they are still producing – I hope not, they are too beautiful to not be.