Finally got the family stable together: six Europans and a Canadian.
From left to right:
- Hackbrett Balance
- Hecs Decks Fish (Gullwing+Metro Express)
- Kaliber Wild Africa Affe (Paris V2 trucks+Orangatang Kegel wheels)
- Zenit AB
- Jungle Pintail (Paris Adam Colton trucks +Blood Orange Liam Morgan wheels)
- Hecs Decks King Louis (Paris V2 trucks +Metro Motion wheels)
The beautiful walnut Balance will get wrapped up for winter (summer, no grip board), along with the Afee (gets a break and donates the Kegels), King Louis and Jungle Pintail (another cafe posing only). The Hecs Fish stays out (as always, it is the easiest to transport), the beautiful cherry and carbon-fiber Zenit AB is getting re-gripped, and gets the Kegels for a change, and the Curfboard needs more practice and experimentation.
Finally got to complete Alfie, top and bottom.
Added the stunning red 50° Paris 180cm trucks and big Orangatang Kegel wheels (with Bones Race Red bearings); although I am not sure of the wheels, they aesthetically dominate too much for my liking. I may replace with slightly smaller and darker wheels like the Hawg Mini Monsters on my Hackbrett.
The grip tape work is my own with a bit of help from some pre-cut shapes (the black pieces) which were meant for a Loaded Dervish.
Now let’s see how Alfie rides; it will be nice to have some grip with the wet weather after the ‘too beautiful to grip’ Hackbrett.
I had a moment of weakness seeing the discounted Kaliber Wild Africa Affe38″ (96cm) deck at SkateDeluxe (great service and online shop – German retailer, but no issue and shipping for the UK). I have been after another drop-through since my older son appropriated my original Atom 41 Green. Loved the dark wood on it and the distinctive shape. Not sure on the trucks and wheels for it, will get it and see what the flex is like before ordering some.
German maker Kaliber produces a huge range of wood styled decks (www.kaliber-skateboards.de). My favorite are the dark Wild Africa decks, with some stunning looking drop-throughs.
UPDATE: I should not have looked too hard at these, have just ordered a 38″ Wild Africa Affe drop-through. 🙂