But as boards got smaller and I grew older, skating just didn't feel the same. Halfpipes looked more like death traps and kickflips will surely snap my ankles. How can an "older" surfer get that concrete carving stoke without looking overtly "teenile"?
This probably wasn't the image that founders Scott and Brad Imbrie had when they began the company in the spring of 2002. According to the Original Skateboards website, Brad and Scott used the money set aside for their college educations to develop "the worlds finest carving system."
I dig that committment, and based on my trial of a Custom 35 from Original Skateboards, those fellas spent their college cash wisely.
I first had to pick the right board. Once Scott determined my surfboard and wave preference, he customizrd a skate deck and truck combo that would work best with my style. That, in itself, was impressive.
The Custom 35
Another apparent innovation to the common skateboard lies in the Custom 35 deck. While I found the pintail a bit awkward when I instinctively tried to throw down a quick street trick, the concave design gave the board a float and flow with each carving turn that is unique. This upward bend in the deck bows a bit and adds a little flex that ricochets the rider into each turn.
The Bottom Line
Original Skateboards' Custom 35 model is not for kick flips, grinds, or ollies. It is, however, perfect for surfers who crave that carving sensation, want to keep fit when the surf is flat, and love speed.
Priced competively and built solidly,Original Skateboards customize boards for each rider, or you can build your own model.
Thinking back, maybe I wasted my college money on that English Lit. degree. I'd rather be selling skateboards.