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 some real black grip-tape to use on the Zenit and, importantly, mirror the carbon-fibre underside. I say “real black” because most of the grip-tape I have found to date has actually been various shades of grey; which is annoying when it is universally sold as “black”.
Finally fond real black sold by the ever-excellent and helpful Skate Deluxe (Monster Grip Tape Heavy). It is heavy grip which a little too rough for my liking, but as ever is if form over function. Also being heavy grip it is more difficult to cut and trim, but the end result is not bad and confirms the single mirrored top and bottom design works well.
I will stay on the lookout for ‘real black’ lighter or medium grip-tape, but for now, it works.
I am always on the lookout for interesting and stunning boards, given my preference for the simpler minimum graphics natural wood look (hey I have got older!). Spotted Canadian Zenit Boards, of Montreal, and their lovely natural decks, including a stunning cherry and carbon-fibre cruiser, the AB.
UPDATE: I liked the AB so much I bought one… 🙂 deck on order.